Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mr. Atheist goes to Washington (well, A Capitol... not Washington)

Today was great. I went to Montgomery with my wife and son and we did some Democracy, Ya'll.  I started a MoveOn petition concerning Roy Moore, and the response was great. 14,000 signatures to have Moore removed. The people at MoveOn were a great help and we got the petitions printed and delivered to 2 different Governmental bodies today.

First we went to pick up the petition at a FedEx Office in Montgomery, but they had forgotten to print half of the documents. So that set us back about an hour, waiting for them to remedy that.  But all was well and we proceeded to the Judicial Inquiry Commission to file our complaint.  We had to fill out a form and get it notarized. After a bit of running around, we found a wonderful lady at a bank in the building who was willing to notarize our form. Now I wait for their letter stating they received the complaint and it could be up to 70 days after that to get any kind of response from the Commission.

Once we left the JIC we headed a couple blocks over to the Governor. I had called before hand to get an idea of how the process works. Basically you are ignored and hand stuff off to a security guard.  So we parked our van and hiked up the hill to the Capitol. Not being familiar with the building... I tried very hard to go in through a sealed side door. But we found the proper entrance, passed through security and were able to give the petition and letter to the Guard for Governor Bentley.

I wrote some news organizations and some websites trying to get some people to turn out, but that didn't go so well. So I am asking you guys to call the Governor's office and demand action based on the petition. If you have a few minutes during the day email your local news outlet and ask them to demand answers too. The Governor's press office is (334)242-7150.

Big Thanks to everyone that signed the petition and MoveOn.org.

A word to those who have written me to decry my atheism. Look, the petition, the complaint, and the letter to Bentley have nothing to do with my Atheism. My Atheism colors my view on some things, but this is an issue of judicial ethics, simple morality and humanity. You do not have to agree with my non-belief in a deity to agree that treating Same Sex Couples differently than "normal couples" is wrong. Set aside whatever it is inside you that makes you distrust me and embrace something we have in common.... the demand for equality... even if, to you, that does not include me.

Kicking and Screaming
Victory for Love and Equality
Judicial Impunity
The Plan

I will include some pictures below