Let the atheists march in St. Pat's parade
The Kansas City Star
Surely I’m not the only one who finds the exclusion of the Kansas City Atheist Coalition from the St. Patrick’s Day parade to be somewhat laughable.
OK, the atheist group was planning to march in the parade with signs saying things like “positively godless” and “morals without mythology.” But what, people in the crowd might be scandalized by that? Personally, I think the statements would have sailed over most people’s heads.
The parade committee issued a statement, saying that the parade “celebrates the Feast Day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, and the Christian teachings and beliefs that he lived and suffered for.” The parade committee turned down the atheist coalition out of “respect for the legacy of St. Patrick,” the statement said.
I suspect it will be a revelation to many that Kansas City’s St. Patrick’s parade has religious significance. Frankly, it’s better known for imbibing and revelry than for solemnity and reverence.
If nothing else, the parade committee should thank the atheists for providing organizers the opportunity to clarify what the parade is supposed to be about. As a show of gratitude, they should reconsider and grant that permit.