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Arizona Elected officials mix govenrment and religion in the House of Represenatives

Mar 27, 2015

Secular Coalition for Arizona

Yesterday the Secular Coalition for Arizona (http://www.secularaz.org) had a tour at the Arizona State Capital for anybody who was a member of the various atheist groups that they represent.

Some of those groups are: Freedom From Religion Foundation Valley of the Sun Chapter, Freethought Arizona, Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix, Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers Arizona Delegation, Or Adam Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Phoenix Atheist Meetup Group, Prescott Freethinkers, Secular Humanist Jewish Circle (SHJC), Sedona/Verde Valley Secular, Freethinkers, Tucson Atheists, Secular Student Alliance at Mesa Community College, Secular Student Alliance at Northern Arizona University, and Americans United for Separation of Church and State Phoenix Chapter.

Representative Juan Mendez [Representative Juan Mendez is a good guy in this case], who is an atheist representing the Tempe Area for District 26 gave us a tour of the House and for part of that tour he took us on to the House floor.

I was shocked to see that three of the representatives whose desks I was standing next to had a Christian BIBLE on their desk.

Even though I am an atheist I don't have a problem with people who believe in the supernatural, but a Bible belongs in a building in the private sector. Not in a government building the professes to keep church and state separate.

The there representatives who had bibles on their desks were: Kelly Townsend - District 16, Anthony Kern - District 20, Heather Carter - District 15.

I am kind of confused about Anthony Kern - District 20. He is not listed on the House web page as a member for District 20. Instead Paul Boyer and Carl Seel are listed for Representatives for District 20.

I have included 3 photos of the Bibles at these representatives desks along with their name tags.

I apologize for the photo the Bible at Kelly Townsend desk because it is over exposed and you can read see the word Bible on the book.

Bible on the desk of Heather Carter of District 15 on the House Floor of the Arizona House of Representatives - A blatant violation of both the Arizona Constitution and the US Constitution

Bible on the desk of Anthony Kern of District 20 on the House Floor of the Arizona House of Representatives - A blatant violation of both the Arizona Constitution and the US Constitution

Bible on the desk of Kelly Townsend  of District 16 on the House Floor of the Arizona House of Representatives - A blatant violation of both the Arizona Constitution and the US Constitution

Complain about this violation of Church & State to:

Heather Carter of District 15 - mixing religion and government in the Arizona House of Representatives Heather Carter
Republican
District 15
House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 303
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-5503
Fax Number: (602) 417-3107
hcarter@azleg.gov
Kelly Townsend  of District 16 - mixing religion and government in the Arizona House of Representatives Kelly Townsend
Republican
District 16
House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room 342
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-4467
Fax Number: (602) 417-3018
ktownsend@azleg.gov
Photo of whoever
Anthony Kern
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Anthony Kern??????
Republican
District 20????
House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington
Room ???
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-?????
Fax Number: (602) 417-????
??????@azleg.gov