House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco doesn't seem to appreciate that one can be a good person without being religious.
The Secular Coalition for America has written to her about her comments in regards to Barack Obama's church attendance. The SCA's letter to Speaker Pelosi has been copied below. Now they're asking that we do the same, to encourage Rep. Pelosi to recognize the distinction.
Please write and let Speaker Pelosi know that she should recognize that Americans who don't attend church deserve equal consideration to those who do. Her postal address is below, or you can contact her on-line through her website at http://speaker.house.gov/contact/
When you contact her, we ask that you be respectful in expressing your opinion. We also encourage you to send a copy of your letter or webpost to: [address removed]
for possible inclusion in our next newsletter.
President, Atheists United
Secular Coalition for America criticizes Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's praise of Barack Obama's church attendance
July 3, 2008
The Secular Coalition for America contacted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi following remarks she made during a Fox News interview about Barack Obama's presidential candidacy. [For a full transcript, see 'On the Record' June 25 with Greta Van Susteren
July 3, 2008
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Madam Speaker:
As director of the Secular Coalition for America, representing the interests of atheists, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheistic Americans, my job is to educate members of Congress regarding issues of importance to my constituency. Your remarks regarding Sen. Barack Obama??s church attendance during an interview on the Fox News Network on June 25, 2008 are of great concern to me and the supporters of this organization.
In response to a question raising concerns about the church Senator Obama had attended until recently, you replied, "No. Look, I am just glad he went to church." The clear implication of your words is that any church is better than no church. Unfortunate comments such as this reinforce the negative stereotypes that attending church
should, in fact, be a prerequisite for becoming President and Americans who do not are less fit for office.
We understand that you do attend church regularly and that it is an important part of your life. However, we do not understand why you would make a public statement that implies attending church makes a person better than someone who does not.
Millions of Americans who do not attend church, and/or who do not believe in god(s), hear such words as an indictment of their choice to live differently than you and Sen. Obama. Among those Americans is Rep. Pete Stark, your colleague from the state of California who has proudly served in the Congress for twenty five years.
As the Speaker of the House of Representatives, you serve and represent this entire country in all its diversity and are one of our most visible leaders. We hope that in the future, you will be more inclusive in
your public statements and more consistently represent our tradition supporting freedom of conscience for people of all faiths and none.
Lori Lipman Brown