In the recent Providence Journal article FBI joins probe into graffiti at Islamic School of Rhode Island, President of the Humanists of Rhode Island Steve Ahlquist was quoted on the divisive nature of hate crimes and the importance of an inclusive, secular government.
“Roger Williams, the founder of our state, expressly invited all people of good conscience to participate in our secular government, regardless of their religious beliefs. Ours was the first democratic government to expressly invite Pagans, Jews, Muslims and atheists to be free citizens in the new world. This is our heritage. It is a legacy we should protect and be proud of.”