This is now the 5th year in a row that a nontheist has given an opening prayer in the Arizona House of Representatives, and the 5th year that Republicans have been openly hostile to those voices. This is a clear example of religious oppression, and an attempt to deny nontheistic Arizonans a place at the table. The Republican leadership’s response to Rep Salman’s prayer, a beautiful invocation written by a young trans man who belongs to my Humanist community, is discrimination. Religious liberty has to be extended to everyone, even those of us who belong to the secular community.
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