MADISON, Wisc. — A city in Wisconsin that is the home of a prominent atheist activist organization has passed a law that adds “non-religion” to its non-discrimination statutes.
Madison ordinance author Anita Weier told reporters that the proposal did not arise of out any instances of actual discrimination against atheists, but rather was simply birthed out of her belief that non-belief should be included in city protections.
“It just seems to me that religion has spread into government more than I feel comfortable with,” she said. “It just occurred to me that religion was protected, so non-religion should be, too.”
However, atheists in the city testified before council in support of the move, claiming experiences with discrimination in child custody battles and employment, among other issues.