Another Capitol monument proposal from Saline Atheist and Skeptic Society | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Another Capitol monument proposal from Saline Atheist and Skeptic Society

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 2:38 PM

click to enlarge A CAPITOL IDEA: From Leewood Thomas.
  • A CAPITOL IDEA: From Leewood Thomas.
Another group has emerged with an idea for a Capitol monument to join the forum that would be created if Secretary of State Mark Martin forges ahead with placement of the legislatively approved Ten Commandments monument.

The Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission, which reviews proposals for monuments on the grounds, is to meet Sept. 13 on the Commandments monument and a statute of Baphomet proposed by the Satanic Temple. Add this — a Wall of Separation. It would be an eight-foot-high brick wall between the Commandments and Baphomet and the Capitol:
THE WALL: Numbered spots would be places for quotes about church-state separation.
  • THE WALL: Numbered spots would be places for quotes about church-state separation.

The Saline Atheist & Skeptic Society (SASS), a Saline County based group of freethinkers, has submitted an application to the Secretary of State’s office for the Arkansas Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to be reviewed ahead of their September 13th meeting. This meeting should now include submissions for a Ten Commandments monument, a Satanic Temple Baphomet statue, and now the secular community’s Wall of Separation monument.

SASS founder LeeWood Thomas decided that a physical Wall of Separation was needed as two rival theologies mounted their stance on our State’s Capitol lawns. “The founding fathers knew that separating religion and government was a good idea, which is why they placed the concept in our 1st Amendment,” shared Thomas. “In looking for a way to participate on the lawn, a physical, decorative brick wall placed between the religious monuments and our Capitol building seemed fitting.”

The Wall of Separation will be a decorative brick wall 8 feet in height, 15 feet in length, and 2 feet thick. On both sides of the wall there will be plaques containing quotes from various founding fathers supporting the idea of separating church and state to benefit all citizens. Most notably, Thomas Jefferson’s Letter to the Danbury Baptists that contains the now‐famous phrase “wall of separation” will appear center stage on the side that faces the religious structures.

The wall will be financed through a buy‐a‐brick campaign that encourages citizens, both religious and non‐religious, that value the wall of separation concept to join in. Available bricks include non‐engraved and engraved bricks to be used for the wall itself and for the base around the wall.

Thomas is aware that the statewide Arkansas Society of Freethinkers would rather the Capitol grounds remain secular, with no religious monuments. Instead, he is looking to the smaller, local freethought groups scattered in all four corners of the state to help promote the Wall of Separation idea.
Thomas is one of the founders of the Freethinkers, whose efforts led to the annual winter solstice display at the Capitol as a response to the annual placement of a Nativity scene.


Tags: , , , , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (25)

Showing 1-25 of 25

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-25 of 25

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Kenneth Starr: A comment from Betsey Wright

    Betsey Wright, former President Bill Clinton's chief of staff when he was Arkansas governor, responds bitterly to a New York Times article today quoting Whitewater Prosecutor Kenneth Starr's warm words about Clinton. She can't forget the lives Starr ruined in Arkansas.
    • May 24, 2016
  • Civil War over in Fort Smith; lawyer strikes his Rebel mascot battle tent

    KSFM reports that Joey McCutchen, the lawyer who's been trying to restart the Civil War in Fort Smith over the School Board's decision to drop the Rebel mascot and related trappingsfor Southside High School, is dropping his School Board takeover campaign.
    • May 27, 2016
  • Medical marijuana backers: Health Department opposition 'disingenuous' and 'cruel'

    Arkansans for Compassionate Care, the group behind the first medical marijuana initiative to qualify for the ballot, has responded sharply to yesterday's statement by the Arkansas Health Department that it opposes legal medical use of marijuana.
    • Jul 13, 2016

Most Shared

  • Guest Playlist: Flap Jones of "Not Necessarily Nashville" schools us on real country music

    "Not Necessarily Nashville," which airs on KUAR-FM 89.1 every Saturday, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., celebrates three decades of the "best of the rest of country music" Saturday, October 21 at the White Water Tavern with Brad Williams of The Salty Dogs & The Creek Rocks, and we asked host Flap Jones to curate a playlist for us ahead of that anniversary celebration.
  • Discussion: State killing of the mentally ill

    The Arkansas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and others will have a forum on mental illness and the death penalty at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Bowen School of Law's Friday Courtroom.

Most Viewed

  • Hog football: The lawyers take over

    If you believe social media, it's all over but the post-season buyout for Razorback football coach Bret Bielema. That means, in turn, that the issue of what the coach's contract buyout is worth is not just an academic question.

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Sunday open line

    • How about smoked filled pool halls with the stale beer smell and the last Place…

    • on October 22, 2017
  • Re: Sunday open line

    • Stash, some people like smoky old bars. I haven't smoked since June 22, 1973, but…

    • on October 22, 2017
  • Re: Deficits don't matter any more; tax cuts for the rich do

    • The republicans will trickle the entire country rich! People will be clamoring to get in…

    • on October 22, 2017

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation