Last week, I posted about how atheist Carole Beaton and her attorney Peter Martin had filed a lawsuit against the city of Eureka, California in 2013 because Mayor Frank Jager (below) had been promoting prayer breakfasts using city resources.
The trial was supposed to take place later this month, but both sides recently settled the case out of court, with the city agreeing never to promote the breakfasts and paying Beaton $16,500 for attorney’s fees.
Beaton just wrote a piece for the Eureka Times-Standard describing the reactions to the settlement… and, in a surprising twist, they’ve been overwhelmingly positive:
I was expecting at least a few nasty calls, letters or emails. The phone started ringing the day the lawsuit was made public. Every time I picked up the phone, I was expecting a blast of anger. Instead I got over 30 calls thanking me for protecting the separation of church and state. Many of these calls were from religious people who understand that we are all better off if the government does not get involved in religion. A few days after the lawsuit was filed, I got a call from the president of Atheists United in Los Angeles, who was visiting his brother in Arcata. When I picked up the phone, he was dumbstruck. He said, “Are you actually answering your phone? You’re not letting the machine pick up the calls?” When I told him I had not had one negative call, and all calls had been supportive, he was shocked.
What a pleasant change of pace given all the vitriol atheists in the public eye tend to get.
(Thanks to Brian for the link)