Alabama Honors Freethinker and Humanist

For Immediate Release: October 6, 2009
Contact: Jesse Galef, 202-299-1091

The Secular Coalition for America announced its approval today upon hearing that the State of Alabama and the U.S. Congress will be honoring Helen Keller, a noted freethinker and humanist, with a statue in the U.S. Capitol Complex.

Helen Keller famously rejected a fundamentalist religious worldview, once stating, "There is much in the Bible against which every instinct of my being rebels." She also served on the advisory board of Charles Potter's First Humanist Society of New York.

"Alabama is making great progress," said Sean Faircloth, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "First they removed the unconstitutional Ten Commandments display installed by former Chief Justice Roy Moore, and now they're honoring Helen Keller - a freethinker and humanist who helped make our nation a better place."

The 600-pound bronze statue was commissioned by Governor Bob Riley and funded by private donations. The unveiling ceremony will be on Wednesday, October 7.

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The Secular Coalition for America is the national lobby for atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans with the unique mission of increasing the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints and protecting and strengthening the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all Americans.

 

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