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Atheist sets up ‘reason station’ in Michigan city hall

Posted by doctore0 on April 29, 2015

DETROIT — A year after being denied an application to have a “reason station” inside a Michigan city hall, atheist Douglas Marshall set up the station for the first time Tuesday thanks to a federal court victory in February.

His station — a table with literature, a sign on an easel and chairs for himself and two volunteers — was situated in the Warren City Hall atrium in front of the library. Paces away, on the other side of the library entrance, stood a prayer station that has been allowed in City Hall since 2009.

Marshall, 69, of Warren, Mich., said he was happy he could establish the reason station from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

“I feel it’s appropriate that an alternative is being offered,” said Marshall.

He sued the city and Mayor Jim Fouts last summer after his request to set up the reason station was denied. Marshall said the table would promote free thought, use of reason and logic and separation of church and state.
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