Jim Fouts, the GOP mayor of Warren, Michigan is being sued by the ACLU after refusing to let an atheist group set up a booth in city hall next to the Christian outreach group that has been there for five years.
“The city has certain values that I don’t believe are in general agreement with having an atheist station, nor in general agreement with having a Nazi station or Klu Klux Klan station,” Fouts told the Associated Press on Wednesday. “I cannot accept or will not allow a group that is disparaging of another group to have a station here.” Fouts has let a prayer group run a station where they hand out fliers and offer prayers to passersby since 2009. Yet the mayor rejected Douglas Marshall’s request to run a “reason station” where he would offer to have philosophical discussions with people who walk by in the city hall atrium. “They don’t walk up to people,” Fouts told the AP, explaining how the prayer group operates its city hall station. “They are just there if someone wishes to seek solace or guidance from them. The atheist station does not serve that purpose. It will not contribute to community values or helping an individual out.”