April 24, 2015
From May 2-7, John Whiteside will be available for a London interview.
This month he made national headlines for drawing leaders of 6 national atheist groups and 100 others to Las Vegas to protest Wells Fargo Bank.
The bank has a history of discrimination, paying $175 million in 2012 to settle a federal discrimination case for pushing bad loans onto African-Americans, Hispanics, and women. They are currently being sued for the same behavior by Los Angeles and Chicago’s Cook County. Now they have been caught discriminating against atheists, too.
The protest was led by John Whiteside, who founded a legal church with a funny name to protest how religious organizations get special privileges under the law. His organization, The United Church of Bacon, now has 4,000 members. The church claims no tax exempt status and pay their taxes. They’ve raised nearly $100,000 in 2014 for autism, cancer, and secular charities, and in 2015 alone, they raised $30,000 for AIDS patients and another $43,000 for secular charities.
Last year, Whiteside visited the Wells Fargo branch at 1121 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada, to have a church document notarized. The branch refused, and then was backed up by Wells Fargo’s corporate office. While of course the bank admitted no discrimination, they also failed to give any other excuse, leaving Whiteside with a strong case that the bank simply didn’t like his church’s strange name and its atheist philosophy. That is discrimination. Discrimination against those who don’t believe in God, or those who simply want greater separation of church and state, is known as atheophobia or secularphobia.
“Notaries may not reject a customer with a valid ID,” said Whiteside. “Their personal opinion and what the document says are irrelevant. It’s the law, and the National Notary Association makes it clear in their code of conduct. The only explanation for what Wells Fargo did is discrimination.”
Whiteside is far from alone. He was joined by the leaders of six other national groups, the American Atheists, the American Humanist Association, the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers, the Secular Student Alliance, Secular Coalition for America, and Secular Policy Institute.
About the Organizations
The United Church of Bacon is a real, legal church that was founded in 2010 to protest the privileges that religious organizations get in the law. They’ve raised nearly $100,000 in 2014 alone for other charities. See http://www.unitedchurchofbacon.com
American Atheist is the premier organization fighting for the civil liberties of atheists and the total, absolute separation of government and religion. The Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers educates and trains both military and civilian communities about issues relating to nonbelievers in the US Armed Forces. The Secular Student Alliance empowers secular students to proudly express their identity, build welcoming communities, promote secular values, and set a course for lifelong activism. The Secular Coalition for America lobbies the U.S. Congress on issues of special concern to secular people. The Secular Policy Institute is the world’s largest secular think tank and world’s largest coalition of secular groups.
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