Action Alert

Stop an attempt to impose religion on Arkansans

You need to thwart an attempt to impose religion on Arkansans.

On Dec. 14, the Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission will hold a subcommittee meeting to discuss its recommendations on the placement of the legislatively approved Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Arkansas Capitol. The meeting will include public comments, and FFRF needs your help to ensure that the thoughts of the state's freethinkers are vocalized!

In 2015, the Arkansas Legislature decided to add a religious display to the Capitol lawn through the Ten Commandments Monument Display Act. The Ten Commandments is made up of biblical commands that promote principles fundamental to Judeo-Christian faiths. These include commandments to worship only the god of the Old Testament and to keep the Sabbath day holy.

It is fundamentally un-American to cement an exclusively religious message onto the seat of state government. When the United States adopted a Constitution legislating the separation of church and state, it was the first nation to do so. It did so under the revolutionary idea that the people could only truly exercise their freedom of religious belief if their government did not endorse any one religion over others. There can be no real freedom of religion in Arkansas under this circumstance.

The State Capitol belongs to each and every citizen of Arkansas equally and state legislators are obligated to represent all of their constituents, not just those in the religious majority. Those who believe in the Ten Commandments do not get VIP state citizenship.

The subcommittee will hold its meeting at 11 a.m. on Dec. 14 in the building for the Arkansas Real Estate Commission located at 612 S. Summit St., Little Rock, AR 72201. Be aware that while the Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission does not have the authority to decide whether or not the monument will go up, it does have the power to make recommendations on the location and esthetics of the monument to the secretary of state's office.

If you are unable to be at the subcommittee's meeting, call the Capitol Arts & Grounds Commission's office at 501-682-3472. You can also call the Arkansas Secretary of State's Executive Office at 501-682-1010. FFRF will be submitting written comments representing freethinkers everywhere. Please make your voice heard as an empowered, freethinking citizen of Arkansas!

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