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Phoenix Skeptics in the Pub Message Board › Action Alert: Object to 10 Commandments Monument

Action Alert: Object to 10 Commandments Monument

Matt L.
mattlonden
Phoenix, AZ
Dear Skeptics,

Below is an action alert email I received from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (ffrf.org). Please read it and take action to prevent further erosion of the wall between church and state.

- Matt Londen
Phoenix Skeptics in the Pub Organizer
FFRF Member

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Object to Ten Commandments Monument Bill

February 3, 2010

Dear FFRF Arizona Member:

Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce, R-Mesa and cosponsors Rep. Judy Burges, R-Skull Valley, Rep. Steve Court, R-Mesa, and Rep. Carl Seel, R-Phoenix, have introduced a bill (Senate Bill 1213) to place a Ten Commandments monument in front of the original 1898 Arizona capitol in Phoenix by 2011. The Foundation considers this a monumentally bad idea (see press release from Jan. 29).

Rep. Seel revealed the bill's impermissible religious purpose, when he said, "Clearly the foundation of our nation is a Judeo-Christian ethic."

Please send a message to your state representative and senator, and the political leadership behind this bill, asking them to keep state and church separate and uphold our secular Constitution by voting down this offensive legislation (even a one-line sentence is effective). Please keep messages brief and civil, and sign your name and address. It would also be helpful to make this the subject of a letter to the editor sent to local papers (see contact info below). For maximum effectiveness, write as an individual and not as someone responding to an action alert. Please do not forward this action alert to government officials. We are pleased to receive blind copies of your messages by e-mail at bonnie@ffrf.org. Thank you for your help!

TALKING POINTS: The foundation of our nation is the entirely secular U.S. Constitution, whose only references to religion in government are exclusionary. There is no 'god,' much less a reference to the Ten Commandments or to 'Judeo-Christianity' in the Constitution. The State of Arizona has no business telling citizens which god they must have, how many gods they must have, or that they ought to have any god at all. This bill would make political outsiders of the 17% of the adult population in Arizona that identifies as nonreligious, who reject not only the god of the Old Testament, but the very idea of a "divine code" (see the American Religious Identification Survey 2008). Also see FFRF press release (linked above) and Foundation nontract: "What's Wrong with the Ten Commandments?"
Take Action!

1) Contact your state representatives

Find and contact your state representatives and senators here: http://www.azleg.gov/...­

If you wish to send a letter by mail, include the correct name and room number, and address it to:

***Rep or Senator's Name
Capitol Complex
***Room Number
1700 West Washington
Phoenix AZ 85007-2890

BILL SPONSORS:

Sen. Russell Pearce
Room 110
rpearce@azleg.gov

Rep. Carl Seel
Room 341
cseel@azleg.gov

Rep. Steve Court
Room 118
scourt@azleg.gov

Rep. Judy M. Burges
Room 342
jburges@azleg.gov

LEADERSHIP

President of the Senate
Sen. Robert Burns
Room 204
rburns@azleg.gov

Speaker of the House
Rep. Kirk Adams
Room 221
kadams@azleg.gov

2) Write a Letter to the Editor Against this Bill

Please remember to keep messages short (under 150 words) and sign your name, address and phone number.

The Arizona Republic
Letters to the Editor
P.O. Box 2244
Phoenix AZ 85002
E-Mail Form

The Arizona Daily Star
P.O. Box 26807
Tucson AZ 85726-6807
letters@azstarnet.com

East Valley Tribune
120 W. First Avenue
Mesa AZ 85210
E-Mail Form

For more information:

See Arizona Republic article
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The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., is a national association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics) that has been working since 1978 to keep church and state separate.

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