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Sep 20 2011

Watch your back

Religion makes people better department.

Let’s say you lived in Giles County, Va., a rural enclave of about 17,000 people in the southwestern portion of the state. Let’s say you were a high school student and you were opposed to the school board’s decision to post the Ten Commandments in your school.

Would you be eager to be public about it?

Nope. I’ve learned too much about how a great many people feel about perceived attacks on their religion.

At AU, we know from experience that plaintiffs in church-state lawsuits can and do experience harassment. When we sued Judge Roy Moore, Alabama’s infamous “Ten Commandments judge,” the plaintiffs were named. That means people could track them down – and some did.

During the litigation, plaintiff Melinda Maddox , who was newly married, returned from her honeymoon to find that the windows of her house had been shot out.

As I noted in a February blog post about plaintiffs in church-state cases, it can take real courage to stand up for church-state separation in court. Consider the case of Joann Bell, a mother in Little Axe, Okla., who protested religious activity in her children’s public schools in 1981. Her home was burned down by an arsonist.

But don’t forget: religion makes people better.

8 comments

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  1. 1
    Wowbagger, Designated Snarker

    As they say: you will know they are Christians by their love.

  2. 2
    Brother Yam

    You’re just focusing on the bad cases…

    /snark

  3. 3
    Roger

    “But don’t forget: religion makes people better.”

    Just think what they’d be like if they weren’t religious.

  4. 4
    Kevin, 友好火猫 (Friendly Fire Cat)

    It’s all in context, Ophelia.

  5. 5
    julian

    Obviously these aren’t true Christians.

  6. 6
    ginmar

    You’d think if Jesus loved them as much as they say he’d give them more brains.

  7. 7
    Chris

    No, see, clearly Christianity makes people better. If they had been Christians, there wouldn’t have been any arson, and it would have been better! QED

  8. 8
    Ms. Daisy Cutter, General Manager for the Cleveland Steamers

    “You folks are allowing Satin to rule you!!!”

    Religion also makes people S-M-R-T.

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