They Don't Believe In God, But Say Their Voices Should Still Be Heard

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By: Leah Uko

luko@kptm.com

OMAHA (KPTM) – They do not believe in God, but said their voices should still be heard.

Omaha Atheists rallied outside La Vista City Hall on Monday to tell the mayor they want an inclusive Memorial Day event that does not mention God and does not discriminate to anyone.

The debate over whether or not the city of La Vista violated separation of church and state started last week on Memorial Day when member of Omaha Atheists, Robert Fuller confronted Mayor Doug Kindig.

Fuller told Kindig that events including a “Prayer Walk”, Faith and Freedom Day” and a service led by a local Christian pastor was promoting religion.

Kindig, admittedly, responded to Fuller, “take me to (explicit) court” and that no minority would run his city.

"In a community that is dominated by Christians, there's a certain kind of privilege that comes along with that and it's not always understood by the people who have that privilege because they have it,” Fuller said. “Then they feel attacked when someone challenges them."

According to Pastor Mark Miller with Faith Presbyterian Church, the city did not violate separation of church and state because it did not endorse or pay any money to support the events.

Miller did agree that, regardless of differences, everyone should have freedom of speech.

"I see atheist as its own faith,” Miller continued. “I don't know if they do or not, but you know, if I have the right and freedom to express myself, they should also as well."

In a statement last Sunday, Kindig apologized for his backlash stating that he was “coming out of a very emotional event at which local veterans who were killed in action were recognized”.

He went on and stated that his reaction was “certainly emotional in nature” and that “it is my hope that all sides can move forward together.”

That is the goal Fuller said he was looking forward to. The group is set to meet with the mayor on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at La Vista’s City Hall.

"If they just dismiss it out of hand then they're not listening."


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