Outspoken Atheist Activist Who Fought State Laws Killed In Plane Crash


Chicago Business.com    Posted Wed., Dec.14, 2016

An Illinois man who described himself as “the best known atheist-activist in the Midwest” died in a plane crash last week, officials said Monday.

The McHenry County coroner said an autopsy Monday revealed that Robert I. Sherman, 63, of Poplar Grove, died from multiple crash injuries. Authorities said Sherman was piloting a small plane that crashed into a cornfield either Friday night or Saturday morning. The crash is under investigation.

Sherman was an outspoken atheist and critic of using state money for religious purposes and having religious displays in public spaces. He also hosted a radio show.

Legal challenges he filed included a 1989 lawsuit over an Illinois law requiring public school students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

 He said the words “under God” contained in the pledge were unconstitutional. In 2007, he and his daughter, Dawn, sued over a state law requiring schools to have a moment of silence.

atheist-sherman2Sherman (pic on left) also took a case to the U.S. Supreme Court involving a 2008 state grant that went toward restoring an 11-story cross in southern Illinois known as the Bald Knob Cross of Peace.

Sherman was behind a 2002 federal lawsuit complaining that it was unconstitutional to read a prayer at a Sept. 11 memorial service hosted by Chicago’s mayor. A federal judge ruled against him.

In 2008, Sherman sued to stop then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s plan to give a $1 million state grant to help Pilgrim Baptist Church, a historic landmark on Chicago’s South Side that had been badly damaged by fire.

Sherman spent time in jail during the 1990s in domestic violence cases. He was sentenced him to 120 days in 1999 when he failed to complete counseling after being convicted of hitting his son.

Source:   http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20161212/NEWS02/161219985/rob-sherman-atheist-who-fought-illinois-laws-dies-in-small-plane-crash

About ron abbass

Because of my last name, there are some who might think I'm a Muslim. I'm an older student of the bible and I regard myself as Christian-other. That is, I was baptized in a Torah-keeping assembly. I'm one who tries his best to follow Yayshua, the Messiah (Christ) by keeping the commandments, the dietary laws, the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths (Holy Days) instituted and ordained by the great I AM, the Creator-God of Israel. I reject the holidays and festivals invented by the Roman church. Truth-seeking is my present passion. Presently, I do a lot of research into the World Wars, the mass media, the Holocaust, Zionism, Health Issues, 9/11 and the power brokers who are behind the New World Order that is gradually being established mainly in the Western Nations. Many prognosticators (prophets) both secular and religious are warning us that we are living "On the Eve of Destruction" - the last days. There's a very good chance a nuclear tsunami will eventually visit many nations. Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies.
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4 Responses to Outspoken Atheist Activist Who Fought State Laws Killed In Plane Crash

  1. Virginia says:

    Like the rich man in Luke16:19-31 [KJV] he was promptly placed into the outer darkness Matthew 22:10-14 [KJV]. Ecclesiastes is a book addressed to man walking under the sun, meaning flesh bodies 12:6-14 [KJV] Yĕhowshuwa ha mashiyach Son is King of kings and Lord of lord (Revelation 19:16 KJV) John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.
    Do not believe in Him, one can expect it. Thank you.

    • ron abbass says:

      Aloha Virginia! Thanks for the scriptures and your comments – very much appreciated. I don’t understand your last sentence: “Do not believe in him, one can except it”. Are you saying, if one doesn’t believe in the Son, nevertheless, that person will still be judged. If that’s the meaning, then I agree.

      Peace and blessings, Hon, to you and yours.

      • Virginia says:

        Hello Ron; Sorry, just saying expect to go to the outer darkness, if one does not believe in our Creator and the suffering Messiah (Isaiah 53). Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are Mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is Mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. Christ speaking Luke 12:4 And I say unto you My friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell: yea, I say unto you, Fear Him. Fear can be translated fear or revere.
        A few verse down within this same chapter verse 8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 9 But he that denieth Me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. (Companion Bible)
        No one get a free pass. All souls go to Judgment. I am a Christian other, I do not follow the pagan feast day brought in by the Roman Catholic, a group in strong delusion.
        Thank you for the updates. Blessings to you and yours.

      • ron abbass says:

        Aloha Virginia! Thank you for your scriptures and self-disclosure — very much appreciated. Hon, we are definitely on the same page re the pagan festivals and the Roman Catholic church — “strong delusion” indeed. And, I agree “no one gets a free pass”.

        Take good care, Virginia! Peace and blessings to you and yours, always!

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