I have recently moved to a small town about 25 miles south of Kansas City. My wife and I went to the city hall to sign up for various city maintained utilities (electricity, water). After getting signed up and putting down a deposit, the nice lady behind the counter offered us a 'Welcome to Gardner Kansas' bag filled with various advertisements and coupons to local establishments...oh yeah it included one other thing: a booklet provided by a local baptist church. This particular publication was called: Heaven; Biblical Answers to Common Problems'. Essentially, it's a 60 page booklets that describes what heaven is and what you need to do to get there. Now I don't mind that this booklet exists, and I wouldn't mind if the town's government merely included a list of local churches in this bag; however this is something different all together. The government of my new town is handing out religious propaganda to everyone who signs up for electricity! Is this constitutional!??!? Again, were it just a list of local faith communities I wouldn't mind, but this is an instruction manual describing how to get to heaven (hint: you have to accept somebody with the initials JC as your Lord and Savior), and what will happen if you don't (hint: I hope you like warm environments). Again, is this constitutional? My suspicion is that if I asked them to start including a pamphlet made up of excerpts from 'God is not Great' that they probably would say no. Just curious as to everyone's opinion on this matter.

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Comment by Marshall on November 23, 2009 at 10:15pm
Perhaps I could ask that they distribute Wiccan theological literature and a booklet of Koranic suras. The welcome bag could become a trove of religous enlightenment and diversity. I'm sure that's what they were going for.
Comment by Howard S. Dunn on November 23, 2009 at 9:57pm
I think Duane is onto something ... in the end, this would be the BEST way to make your case. If you attempt to deny someone the right to 'speech' - you are a naysayer. On the other hand, if they attempt to deny you the right, the shoe is on the other foot.

Just try to avoid getting dragged behind a Ford F150.
Comment by Dave Rogers on November 23, 2009 at 9:44pm
Seems like a 1st Amendment issue if it was handed out by a town employee. You can forward this to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. They can talk on your behalf and you can remain anonymous since you might not want to make too much of a splash moving into a new town.

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