Illinois Legislator Apologizes For Attack On Atheist

A member of the Illinois House of Representatives has apologized for attacking an atheist political activist and telling him he had no right to testify at the statehouse.

Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) lost her cool during an April 2 hearing before the State Government Administration Committee over whether the state should allocate $1 million to renovate a city church deemed historic.

Rob Sherman, a local atheist activist, testified against the measure, and Davis was not happy to see him there.

“I don’t know what you have against God, but some of us don’t have much against him,” Davis said. “We look forward to him and his blessings. And it’s really a tragedy – it’s tragic – when a person who is engaged in anything related to God, they want to fight. They want to fight prayer in school. I don’t see you fighting guns in school, you know?”

Added Davis, “What you have to spew and spread is extremely dangerous, it’s dangerous….Get out of that seat!…You have no right to be here! We believe in something. You believe in destroying! You believe in destroying what this state was built upon.”

Davis was widely criticized for her remarks and was even named “Worst Person in the World,” a daily designation doled out by MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann. Facing more criticism, she called Sherman and apologized.

Reportedly, Davis told Sherman she was upset over news that a Chicago public school student had been killed. Sherman said he accepted her apology.