Late Thursday evening, the Morrison County Record published Religious freedom in jeopardy, a letter-to-the-editor from Doug Kern of Brainerd. In his spare time, Kern serves as Crow Wing County GOP BPOU chair.
Kern detects a double standard on the part of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, whom he suspects encourage Muslims. Kern writes:
An anti-Christian Freedom From Religious Foundation (FFRF) is demanding that the Bible – placed by a Christian group – be banned from university hotel rooms. It’s already had them banned from universities in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Our country was founded on the freedom of religion, not the freedom from religion. So I hear people say, “We have separation of church and state.”
Yes, the church was to be protected from the state dictating what we believe — like marriage and the value of a baby unborn.
I wonder if FFRF is as concerned with the installation of “foot washing stations” and “prayer rooms for facing Mecca” that are being installed in universities (with taxpayer dollars) to accommodate Muslim prayer times.
Can you say double standards?
Or you could talk with businesses around Willmar and Long Prairie that are being forced to “accommodate” break times and rooms for the same purposes. These are signs of things to come. . . .
Meanwhile, back in Madison, Wisconsin, the November 14 episode of the FFRF's Freethought Radio podcast is Spotlight on Ex-Muslims:
After reporting an early FFRF holiday victory stopping a nativity scene from being placed in a Minnesota park, we discuss the recent study showing that nonreligious children are more altruistic and less punitive than religious children. We hear the trailer for the new movie Spotlight about the Boston Globe’s powerful investigation of the coverup of pedophile Catholic priests. Then we talk with Sarah Haider, one of the co-founders of Ex-Muslims of North America, who tells us what it is like to leave Islam and become an atheist.
And there's the October 17 episode:
FFRF unveils its northern “Atheists in Foxholes” monument and the first-ever “Atheist Marquee” at the national office in Madison, Wisconsin. We hear the welcoming remarks of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin at FFRF's annual “Non-Prayer Breakfast” during our 38th annual convention. Then we listen to atheist Bangladeshi author and poet Taslima Nasrin talk about the fatwah and death threats she has been facing for decades because of her outspoken criticism of Islam.
And back in May:
In the News: Black atheists of Chicago, “Tea with Mr. Darwin,” Nonbelief-Relief, and National Day of Prayer protested with Dan’s song, “Get Off Your Knees and Get To Work.” We interview author Andrew Solomon (“Far From The Tree”), president of the PEN American Center, who this week awarded satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo its “Free Expression Courage Award."
If Kern fears the intrusion of Islam in the public sphere, perhaps he could enlist the freethinkers' help, rather than imagine a pro-Islam bias on their part, but what fun would that be?
Kern gained statewide attention in 2013 when he circulated recall petitions against two state representatives who voted for marriage equality. Bluestem reviewed his long record feeling threatened by change in T-Paw era state supreme court justice stymies GOP activist's Radinovich, Ward recall petition. We examined his tendency to make stuff up in 2014 in MN10B: Another anti-Radinovich guy totally making stuff up as election approaches.
Kern seems to have moved on from hating on the gay to Islamophobia, but if he's truly into thwarting the creeping sharia he perceives rising about him, the Freedom from Religion Foundation might actually his new BFF.
Photo: County Wing County Republican Basic Party Operating Unit chair Doug Kern, oppressed by everyone from atheists to gay married couples to Muslims.
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