A man approaches the podium, he is name is Justin Scott, an activist who wants to make not only his presence known, but the group he represents.
As a city council for a community, you must be able to listen to your district, hear their concerns and suggestions. Putting this into play, when activist, no matter their religious views, should be heard and shown with respect. As in the case of Justin Scott, where he spoke at the Waverly, City Council, to point out that the pray they give before the city council meeting should either not be allowed because it is a state affair or they should allow other prays to take place before as well. Justin Scott was shown no respect for his views or suggestions. As the City Council of Chariton, Iowa, we must learn from the mistakes of this fellow community, rise above our own views and opinions to serve the greater good.
Scott is a prime example of a minority group, he is an atheist in an Iowa community. His beliefs are not pointed towards hating god or other religions. The belief of his group, is that their is not enough evidence for there to be a higher being or a god. The atheists are one of the most despised groups in the world for their beliefs. With Iowa being a very religious state, it is hard for an atheist to come out in their community for fear of backlash. This should not be the case. We must accept all points of view, even if you don’t prefer it, you must respect their beliefs. If they are willing to stand up for their beliefs, how is it any different from historical events like Martin Luther King Jr.
One in every three millennials are categorized as not having a true religion. For our community to evolve and stay afloat, we musth recognize that the future generation is changing and will soon be different. Catching this change and adapting with it, will prepare us, as a community for a long last continuation.
A reply from the Mayor of Waverly, “Be tolerant of our theistic approach.” This is what we must learn from. We cannot shut out others because of our beliefs. Justin Scott represented his group at the City Council meeting and was disrespected. Wether you are Christian, Muslim, or Atheist, this cannot limit our city council. Our city council must adapt to each situation with kindness and respect for ones beliefs.
Inclusion, this is what this article revolves around. Not exclusion but inclusion.
In the supreme court case of McCollum v. Board of Education in 1988, religion was being forced about the kids through a religious class that was mandatory for all students. For the McCollum’s, they atheist, so did not want religion forced upon their children. Vashti McCollum took her oldest son James, out of this class. James had to sit in the hallway, like a punishment for not being enrolled in the class. Soon after, James became the target, being bullied day in and day out. On one occasion, fellow students stole his shoes during a cold winter, so James had to walk with his bare feet, in the snow, all the way to his house. This shows what can happen when people share their beliefs outside of the majority. The case of McCollum should be a learning experience to show that we are better than this, as a community, to include all religious views, theist or not.
To conclude, no matter you belief, religion, or perspective, all should be included in state affairs. We must learn from the incident of Justin Scott and the Waverly City Council. Our city of Chariton, must adapt and evolve with the ever changing community.