Wednesday, November 30, 2005

driving Honesty from the public square

I'll admit, I'm not the most religious person in the world, but I always thought someone who professes to be a "man of god" would refrain from deceiving his flock. Here's Falwell whining about Christmas, on Paula Zahn's show two nights ago:

FALWELL: Here are twelve[law suits] that have happened the last two weeks, and they've happened all over the country. In Westfield High School just outside Boston, two students were suspended for distributing candy canes with the story of Christmas attached. And one was an appointee to the military academy. One a National Honor Society member. They would have lost all their scholarships and their appointments. Liberty council brought suit there.

The judge in a 67-page decision ruled in every point in favor of the students. They were reinstated. They distributed the candy canes and they got their scholarships. But that's happening all over America. All we're saying is, and the court has said this -- by the way, at, anyone who wants to see the legal memo that supports this -- we've sent it to thousands of school districts,

All you need do is study what the law says, and that is: as long as Santa Claus, the Christmas tree, secular symbols are honored, so may religious symbols, like Judaism, Christianity, Islam, et cetera, be so portrayed.

And those who are trying to drive God from the public square in this country, and most Americans know this is true. We're just not going to tolerate that. And the time has come, because the law's on our side, to stop the ACLU, and Americans united from doing that.

Bashing the ACLU for political gain, that doesn't seem very religious either, especially when they're one of the biggest defenders of religious freedom in the country. From their website:

ACLU's Defense of Religious Liberty (3/2/2005)

The right of each and every American to practice his or her own religion, or no religion at all, is among the most fundamental of the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The Constitution's framers understood very well that religious liberty can flourish only if the government leaves religion alone.

The American Civil Liberties Union has a long history of working to ensure that religious liberty is protected. From the famous 1920 Scopes trial-in which the ACLU challenged a Tennessee law prohibiting the teaching of evolution in schools-to the current Ten Commandments case before the Supreme Court, the ACLU remains committed to keeping the government out of the religion business and protecting every American's right to believe as he or she wishes

Here's just a sampling of some religious cases they've defended:

September 20, 2005: ACLU of New Jersey joins lawsuit supporting second-grader's right to sing "Awesome God" at a talent show.

May 11, 2004: After ACLU of Michigan intervened on behalf of a Christian Valedictorian, a public high school agrees to stop censoring religious yearbook entries.

March 25, 2004: ACLU of Washington defends an Evangelical minister's right to preach on sidewalks.

October 28, 2002: ACLU of Pennsylvania files discrimination lawsuit over denial of zoning permit for African American Baptist church.

July 11, 2002: ACLU supports right of Iowa students to distribute Christian literature at school.

And this case sounds very similar to the one Falwell describes above, about the "candy canes:"

February 21, 2003: ACLU of Massachusetts defends students punished for distributing candy canes with religious messages.

And here's the icing on the fat turd's whining christmas cake:

April 17, 2002: In a victory for the Rev. Jerry Falwell and the ACLU of Virginia, a federal judge strikes down a provision of the Virginia Constitution that bans religious organizations from incorporating.

Another right wing surprising.


Blogger Human said...

The ACLU needs to do a better job of showcasing the cases you have listed.
I used to be a member. Until 1)My letters were not answered 2)it became apparent by their mailings and Convention prices that an "Elitism"
attitude prevails.
What the last straw was the defense of drawn or "Anime" pornography that depicts very youthful images.
I'am hardly a prude, but some things are just too sick to defend.
And yes I mailed them the reasons. No response there either.

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