Granted, the hubbub over those harmless monuments with Bible quotes carved on them that are parked on various courthouse lawns is a little bit overwrought. We've watched those battles play out in recent years. And it's a monumental waste of money to try to force some municipality to remove them in the name of separation of church and state.
But it's another thing to hand over city property or taxpayer money to churches and religious groups. Our fair city of Midland, Texas, has done its share of church donations lately with the closing of two streets at the request of the Catholic Church, and more recently, the drastic reconfiguring of a neighborhood for the benefit of Midland Christian School.
The neighbors wished the city council could just say "no." They raised holy hell and got quite a bit of sympathy from some citizens. Others were probably thinking, "First they came for the Christian School neighbors, and I did nothing …" But the council didn't budge.
So in perusing the city budget for 2010-2011 a line item jumps out at us like a hillbilly at a Sunday social. It's $50,000 going to Rock the Desert, the money grossing religious rock concert that takes place annually at the edge of town.
There's never an angry atheist around when you need one.
P.S. Some of us were arguing against a hotel/motel tax when it was first proposed. Taxes are often characterized as highway robbery, and the hotel/motel tax lives up to that characterization quite nicely as it hits travelers who have no vote. The lack of sensible uses for the money demonstrates a compelling reason to repeal the tax.
There's room at the inn. But it's gonna cost ya.
Welcome visitors from the Friendly Atheist. I'm so glad you're friendly. I was trying to make a joke with the crack about "angry atheist" rather than foment angry activism. But friendly activism? Awright!