A white doctor in the rural South is presumed to be a Republican and a Christian. Wynne LeGrow, a hard-working doctor in Emporia, Virginia, was neither, but he kept his political and religious beliefs to himself. He felt that his liberal political views would turn off most of his patients, and his atheism would shock almost everyone.
Just over one year ago, the Supreme Court held in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) that the Constitution grants same-sex couples the fundamental right to marry. This decision was a landmark victory for the LGBT community, but was met with significant backlash from the Religious Right.
I went to church on Sunday evening, August 7. This is something an atheist like me rarely does. However, I was eager to attend because Rev. Jeremy Rutledge of Circular Congregational Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where I live, invited me to a special "interfaith and philosophy" service in honor of Pride Week in Charleston.
In a Wiki-leaked email, Democratic National Committee CFO Brad Marshall appeared to want someone to ask Bernie Sanders if he believed in God, as a way to hurt Bernie's campaign. However, that email was written in May and I asked the question in February, before the South Carolina primary.
A July 8 article reports that Sen. Larry Grooms, R-Charleston, sent a letter signed by 50 legislators to Berkeley County School Board members, saying the board should be allowed to continue reciting the Lord's Prayer at public meetings. One board member referred to a suggested alternative moment of silence as "a moment of censorship."