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Michael Jacobson, a 64-year-old retiree who calls himself a lifelong atheist, tried this year to get a license to perform weddings. Clark County rejected his application because he had no ties to a congregation, as state law requires.
"Many atheists and agnostics have ... deeply held beliefs," Ritter wrote to Parraguirre. "Are not their beliefs entitled to the same respect?" Nevada law, he continued, implies that "the religious are more trustworthy than the non-religious. This is a bigoted assumption."

Clark County (Las Vegas), ChicagoTribune.com 32 Comments [12/28/2008 5:44:34 AM]
Fundie Index: 2
Submitted By: Upallnite
WTF?! || meh

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I misread that as Michael Jackson. If he got surgery to look like his old self and sang the wedding songs that would be pretty awesome.

12/28/2008 5:47:15 AM


Uh, I'm siding with Mr. Jacobson. The religious have actually been proven *less* trustworthy than the non-religious.

12/28/2008 5:49:10 AM


Me too, admittedly.

12/28/2008 6:14:16 AM


I became an ordained minister for free through one those internet churches. It took me about 5 minutes. I can perform weddngs, funerals, etc. It's amazing how fast the attitude of people you're dealing with suddenly undergoes a 180 when they hear the words: "Hi. My name is Reverend X. Can you help me?" About 4 months ago I used my awesome church-related superpowers to gain a 3-week extension to allow a black single mother to scrape together the extra $100 to pay her electric bill.

I'm seriously considering investing in some of those Roman Catholic-style shirts with the white collar. (My "ordaining church" sells them on its website. They also sell ministerial ID and ministerial parking notices for the dashboard of my car.) People can't kiss your ass enough when they see that shirt. Being a minister is such a racket.

12/28/2008 6:28:39 AM


How is this fundie? You don't have to be a fundamentalist to treat atheists like shit, as most of America has shown.

12/28/2008 6:39:18 AM


Good for him for trying to show some small-minded Americans that atheists can be committed to one another without the presence of some imaginary best friend.

12/28/2008 7:09:39 AM


So much for separation of church and state. :/ That seriously should not be a state law ANYWHERE.

12/28/2008 7:21:08 AM


Does Nevada recognize Humanist minsters? If he can't get anyone to accept him as an atheist, maybe that could be an option at least until Nevada's laws change.

And we all know that the uber-religious can be the least trustworthy of all people.

12/28/2008 7:28:16 AM


Unconstitutional on its face. He should take it to the Supreme Court.

12/28/2008 7:58:11 AM


So, all those Justices of the Peace who regularly perform non-church weddings have no authority to do so, and those marriages are all null and void?

12/28/2008 8:23:53 AM


Isn;t that illegal under the constitution?

12/28/2008 9:17:08 AM

a mind far far away

What about atheist judges who can perform marriages? Does that make the marriages they perform null and void? And since when does a state like Nevada act like the Vatican?

12/28/2008 10:36:58 AM

Percy Q. Shun

Nevada; home to the original "Sin City."


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12/28/2008 11:45:00 AM


Yeah, like those religious leaders are so pure of heart and trustworthy.

12/28/2008 11:56:46 AM


Sure as hell is a bigoted assumption. Based on nothing and against facts

12/28/2008 1:49:19 PM


Isn't this the place where Elvis impersonators in small chapels designated only for weddings can marry people? Mr. Jacobson definitely has a case. Good for him--this needs a challenge.

12/28/2008 2:16:24 PM


Beeblebrox - That's amazing. I find it cool for your sake. But I also find it pretty sad that people seem to bend over backwards for anyone with a religious title or garb. What that says to me is that we still have far to go before things change.

12/28/2008 3:23:06 PM

The Lazy One

That law is unconstitutional. Mr. Jacobson should take it to the Supreme Court.

12/28/2008 4:48:17 PM

Jezebel's Evil Sister

Michael Jacobson is completely right. Why is this here? And how did it get any votes for being fundie at all?

12/28/2008 4:56:16 PM


First amendment states no law respecting an established religion. And from my experience the religious are less trustworthy than the non religious. All beliefs or lack thereof are entitled to respect

12/28/2008 5:03:54 PM


Jezebel's Evil Sister--I'd personally say it's the Clark County, Nevada officials who get the fundie ratings here. Especially since they seem to have no problem with cheesy Elvis impersonators as officiants...

12/28/2008 5:44:26 PM


Las-fucking Vegas?! Where's the Elvis-impersonator church then?

12/28/2008 5:56:19 PM


@ Beeblebrox - exactly my first thought. I know plenty of mixed religious couples who just paid for mutual friend to go online. Most don't go on to use their granted powers for good after the marriage ceremony. ;)

12/28/2008 5:59:35 PM


True that.

12/28/2008 6:08:53 PM
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