One of our Iowa FFRF members, Justin Scott, has asked the City Council in Manchester, Iowa, to adopt a provision similar to the historic ordinance making "nonreligion" as well as "religion" a protected class in Madison, Wis., just passed in April.
Justin was asked to come down to City Hall at 5 p.m. today (Monday, April 27) to address the city council about this provision, which would add nonbelievers to the city's civil rights provisions.
If Manchester adopted a provision making nonreligion a protected class, it would become only the second city to do so. Please help make history by making a quick phone call or sending an email today!
If you live in the area, please show up today at 5 p.m., 208 E Main St., Manchester, IA 52057. If you don't live in the area or can't make the meeting, please contact the Manchester City Council by email or phone today before 5 p.m.
Feel free to cut and paste any of the statement below into an email. If you live in Manchester, please be sure to mention that you're a resident.
As an Iowa nonbeliever/atheist/agnostic, I ask you to please lend your support to a provision to make nonreligion a protected class in Manchester. At least one in five Iowans is nonreligious. Yet discrimination against atheists is widespread, affecting employment, public schools, and treatment in places of public accommodation. Atheists are among the most stigmatized groups in the country. Manchester could become the second city in the nation to specifically offer atheists and other nonbelievers legal protection against this discrimination. Please sponsor and vote for this historic, important provision.