Atheists Sue Detroit

i guess i’m a little hesitant to bring this up, but i’m wondering what people’s opinions are on this…

basically, an atheist group is suing the city because it gave financial aid to churches for facade improvement along Woodward Ave… to me, it seems ludicrous… the money was given so that the city would look better, not to promote any religious ideal… i personally could care less if they gave it to a church, a mosque or center for atheists… as long as it helps the city… that was why the city gave those churches the money…

check out the article from the News here… more of my thoughts on this and how it relates to the city can be found at my site

7 Comments so far

  1. MGal (unregistered) on April 18th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    Yea, I don’t care who got the money. The fun part is apparently the city could have given the money to a strip club, brothel or blind pig and these guys wouldn’t care.

  2. Johnny (unregistered) on April 18th, 2006 @ 10:29 am

    A church wears two hats: a religious hat and a business hat. When Detroit gave funds to the churches (one of Detroit’s finer businesses), those funds were directly budgeted for a non-religious purpose. The state does not ignore the needs of the faithful, because the faithful are tax-paying citizens as well.

    The atheist group has no ground to stand on for suing the city (as if there is any money to be won). The atheists were not mistreated. If they felt that they were left out, then what they are asking for is misappropriated funds for themselves. An atheist run business in Detroit that didn’t receive the same funds as the churches are the only people who have ground on this issue.

    Or they could search out whether the funds were inappropriately used and sue the individual church.

    Final point: our country is a place of many faiths; not of no faith.

  3. baliad (unregistered) on April 18th, 2006 @ 11:34 am

    great points guys…

  4. Doug Geiger (unregistered) on April 18th, 2006 @ 3:19 pm

    I am a Christian, but I am completely behind them. In fact if they call me as a witness at the trial and I am about to go up to testify, I will place my hand on the Bible and promise to tell the truth.

    After I have helped erase this innocuous evil from the land; I will go out and slap down a five (with “in God we trust” emblazoned across it) at the local brewery for a celebratory beer and thank God for living in this one nation under…uhh…Him…and for the ability to have such freedoms, endowed by Him; you know the ones like Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.


    I don’t resent anyone’s choice to be an atheist, or any other peace loving religion/faith set. Faith is a personal thing. But _whose_ faith (or lack thereof) gets to set policy?! Let’s have the Hindu Americans sue any deli’s that get funding – or Amish American’s sue the car dealerships that got funding…

    I have a sneaking suspicion that the athiests in this group all sit around and complain about their miserable Catholic upbringing and of how intolerant all of the religious people all are towards them; and now they are trying to silence *their* critics. Just because you are an athiest, or any other group or religion it doesn’t mean you get things your way. Besides, its thousands of dollars in aide money – its not like its cartoons or something!

  5. max (unregistered) on April 18th, 2006 @ 3:35 pm

    they haven’t got a prayer…

  6. Jeff Widen (unregistered) on April 18th, 2006 @ 4:14 pm

    I don’t believe in Atheists…

  7. Tyler (unregistered) on April 18th, 2006 @ 11:00 pm

    not only does it improve the looks of the city, it promotes positive community ties within the city. Who knows? One church could prevent 200 people from becoming addicts to drugs/alcohol, because they have that special bond to the people in the church and God. guess what, the whole city wins in that regard. classic social bond theory. I’d like to see atheists get together to do positive things in the community, instead of suing a already struggling city!

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