After contacting Anne Landman for information about the bigotry and prejudice they face, we received some "blog posts" of the experiences of Atheist children in the school districts nearby.
What she does not mention is what i heard at their meeting - that a child in Mesa County Schools recently was asked by a classmate why she did not say "Grace." Her answer, "I do not believe in God" was overheard by the Cafeteria Staff, who then forced the child to say grace "because God created the world and this food."
"We need other groups to back WCAF in asserting that there are problems in mixing religion with local public schools and local government as well as problems with other local entities, like the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, related to religious discrimination. " said Anne Landman, for the Atheists.
Atheists are not the only ones who do not say a blessing of thanksgiving over food, or refuse to pledge their national allegiance to God, or who do not pray, to Jesus Christ or any God. Upon final reflection, many religious faiths would find some common ground with these Atheists. The Yogi can in their disbelief many similarities to Vedasamnyasa. And even if we did not, we should at least admire their honorable fight, and their indomitable spirit.
It would benefit all of Grand Junction to help the Atheists in their efforts. If only because the bigotry and prejudice they face could easily and quickly be turned against any of our other faith communities, and it is a common faith practice among all our members to defend the religious liberty of others - even the right to choose not to hold faith, since a willing and heartfelt belief is core to the teachings of every faith.
Besides this, it is a profound opportunity to share in the honor of their struggle: their community's defense is worthy of our effort. It is a measure of good conscience to permit - to the fullest extent it is possible - the necessary freedom of our fellows.
It is possible to be moved to pity and sympathy for these good people. Pity and sympathy prevent a completion of the sacrifices and practice Yoga, and prevent a Yogi from undertaking any of the other dictates of our own conscience, when these Atheists do not feel secure to openly profess their beliefs. It is unDharmic to mix politics and religion, or business and religion. It is the duty of every Yogi to defend this separation of duties and restore the Dharma.
But most importantly, permitting these Atheists to focus on something greater than the survival and intergenerational continuity of their own community would give a valuable ally in our common fight against hunger, and the other distresses in the community: they, too, feed the poor, and clean trash, and even seek to provide greater community services than these. Having such a friend is advantageous.
Contact Loka Hatha Yoga, or directly with the Atheists (http://westerncoloradoatheists.org/contact-us/) to learn how to advocate for and aid the Atheists.
The "blog" posts follow.
Cidney Fisk sues the Delta County School District
Nov. 23, 2017
July 10, 2016
What it’s like to be a student with a brain in the Delta County School District: http://annelandmanblog.com/2016/07/what-its-like-to-be-a-student-with-a-brain-in-the-delta-county-school-district/
August 15, 2016
WCAF to Award $4,325 to Student Who Exposed Christian Proselytizing in Delta Public Schools
Delta County School Board has lots to answer for
March 30, 2016
More Info Surfaces on Delta County School District’s Promotion of Religious Ideology
March 22, 2016
Delta Middle School Pushes Bibles on Students During Class
December 18, 2015
Delta Middle School Teacher Pushes Christianity on Students
December 11, 2014
Here’s some info about religion in the schools locally:
Nov. 10. 2015
CMU to Force Christian Bibles on RN/BSN Grads; Nursing Students Fight it
March 29, 2015
FFRF: Fruita Monument High School’s Baccalaureate Violates First Amendment
A Pattern of Proselytizing in Grand Junction Public Schools?
March 4, 2014 http://annelandmanblog.com/2014/03/a-pattern-of-proselytizing-in-grand-junction-public-schools/
Info about the G.J. Chamber of Commerce:
Grand Junction Chamber Director Diane Schwenke’s anti-atheist Facebook post
May 13, 2013
About City Council:
The Problems with Mixing Religion and Government in Mesa County & Grand Junction
November 30, 2015
Will Grand Junction City Council Finally Respect Religious Diversity in 2016?
January 13, 2016
Grand Junction’s Former “Ten Commandments” Mayor Busted for Shoplifting at Cabela’s
November 2, 2015
The City of Grand Junction, Colorado’s Shameful End-Run Around the Constitution
December 12, 2012
General local info:
Grand Junction’s Growing Hate Community
June 25, 2015