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This is the city seal for Austin, Texas:

Activist Joe Zamecki (who co-founded Atheists Helping the Homeless ) spoke yesterday to the Austin City Council about why they needed to remove the cross from the seal. His basic argument?

It doesn’t fairly represent the population of this great city, and our government should never actively promote religion in such a blatant and unnecessary way.

He explains why he argued against the current seal here:

YouTube video

And here’s video of his speech in front of the city council:
YouTube video

Just like the activists in Pennsylvania, there’s no reason anyone can’t do this. It just takes some courage.
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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.