Monique Davis apologized for her hateful comments towards an atheist during a hearing over a million dollar grant for a South Side church.
She attempted to excuse her actions by saying that she had just learned that day that more students in her state had died of gun violence. I fear that her apology was too late, and I don't think that this is a good excuse for lashing out at atheists, and telling them their view point is "dangerous". I still believe she should step down. Whether in anger or not, her comments reflected on her obviously intolerant views of people who disagree with her religious beliefs.
I agree with this blog entry on Atheist Revolution Blog, it is upsetting how little press this story got, since the outrage would have been incredible had she insulted any other belief system (Islam, for example). It is incredible how stigmatized atheism still is in the U.S.
Read more about it on Pharyngula.
She was named "worst person in the world" on Keith Olbermann's MSNBC show "Countdown". Here is the video: