Jarrett Maupin to Representative Steve Smith: Don't Apologize to Atheists for Prayer

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Jarrett Maupin: No apologies.
That guy who thought politics makes strange bedfellows was really on to something.

Especially in the case of Phoenix African-American activist Jarrett Maupin, who sent New Times a copy of a letter he sent to Republican State Representative Steve Smith, asking him not to apologize for his recent retaliatory prayer against an atheist colleague in the House of Representatives -- an apology that has been requested from a national atheist organization.

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-Atheist State Representative Juan Mendez's God-Free Invocation (Video)
-Atheist Lawmaker Quotes Carl Sagan Instead of Doing Prayer Before House Session

For those who have not been following the saga, Democratic Representative Juan Mendez essentially came out as an atheist when he delivered the opening prayer for the House of Representatives last week by asking that people not bow their heads, and instead spoke about the values of his "secular humanist tradition."

"I hope today marks the beginning of a new era in which Arizona's non-believers can feel as welcome and valued here as believers," Mendez later said.

In response, Smith asked the next day that everyone in the House pray for the second time of the session -- in "repentance" for the previous day's lack of prayer.

Some atheist organizations took issue with Smith's clear shot at Mendez, who made a lot of non-God-fearing folks pretty happy with his coming out.

Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, who said that Smith "embarrassed himself," adding that Smith "demonstrated how, unfortunately, religious belief can be used as a basis for exclusion and hatred."

"Representative Smith owes Representative Mendez, and the citizens of our state, an apology for his inappropriate remarks," Krauss said in a statement.

The letter from American Atheists echoed that.

"Your invitation of a second daily prayer in 'repentance' for the secular invocation offered by Representative Mendez on Tuesday was insulting and degrading to him and to all nonreligious Arizonians as well as all non-Christian Arizonians," the letter said.

Well, Maupin's taking the side of Smith -- the same Steve Smith who's buddy-buddy with guys who aren't exactly friends to minority communities around here, like ousted Senate President Russell Pearce and Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Of course, Maupin's title is "Reverend," as he's a Baptist minister, so his defense of Smith isn't completely out of left field.

Read Maupin's letter, including some bombs he tosses at the atheist community, on the next page.



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4 comments
beautifulfuture
beautifulfuture

"Don't apologize, you just used your right to speak freely!"  

Followed by:

"Mendez took advantage of his right to speak freely."

Typical fundie logic, or lack there of.  I can't wait until education and reason kill off your stone-age cult ;)

cmiller2900
cmiller2900

Hell yeah! No apology needed, don't care in the first place!

hapstone2
hapstone2

Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, who said that Smith "embarrassed himself," adding that Smith "demonstrated how, unfortunately, religious belief can be used as a basis for exclusion and hatred."

Yes indeed and I have just been brought to tears hearing of the suffering and travail of the "atheists" it is just unequaled since the holocaust ... also I have been equally impressed with their calm and reflective non hate filled responses - they are the paragon of tolerance ---- (don't ya just love good satire? :o))  ) 

" ..... religious belief can be used as a basis for exclusion and hatred." as can whatever the hell you call yourselves!!

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Please stop giving this Faux Jessie Jackson a podium. Let him fade into irrelevance where he belongs.

And the title "Reverend which this phony has been claiming since his teenage years- can anybody find the Cracker Jack box it came in? I didn't think Baptists could eat Cracker Jacks.

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