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Category Archive: First Amendment

Jan 03 2014

Texas (of course) Mayor Declares 2014 “Year Of The Bible)

The Christian mayor of Flower Mound Created a sensation— He searched his soul, and thus felt bound To make a proclamation: This year, he said, would be the year The town would find its way Because they’ll read (he made it clear) The bible every day Each day, he posts a bible verse; They study, …

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Dec 12 2013

Breaking News: Mt. Soledad Cross Must Come Down! (…eventually, perhaps)

Today’s report from San Diego (oh, and read to the end of page 2–there’s a poll!): A San Diego federal judge made a reluctant ruling Thursday that the cross atop Mount Soledad is unconstitutional, although the chances of the La Jolla monument coming down anytime soon are unlikely. The latest ruling by U.S. District Judge …

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Dec 08 2013

Rants And Comments

The Coloradan has a fun opinion piece up, complaining that atheism is becoming the US national religion. It’s a scattershot argument, at once claiming a near 80% Christian majority and demanding protection from persecution, since we are a republic, not a democracy. A fun read. Anyway, I commented there, but I can’t tell whether it …

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Nov 23 2013

“Equality Should Never Be Mistaken For Hostility”

“Some might view a rule against preferential treatment as exhibiting hostility toward religion, but equality should never be mistaken for hostility”—Judge Barbara B. Crabb, FFRF v. Geithner When decades of deference Yield to one’s preference One can’t help but feel one’s virility! As such, abrogation Feels more like castration: Equality feels like hostility! When unequal …

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Oct 25 2013

In The Near Distant Future, A Christian Looks Back With Regret

Remember the days when “Majority rules!” Was the rallying cry in our town halls and schools? We’d meet by the hundreds and kick up a fuss— The majority, then, were the People Like Us. The People Like Us (or for short, PLU’s) Were the people believing in similar views; PLU’s making up the majority there, …

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Oct 09 2013

Hey, Let’s Decide Your Rights With A Poll!

The cross is there, on public land; It’s been there fifty years. The courts will say it cannot stand; So, surely, it appears. The local Christians see the case A battle for our soul Instead of legal argument… It’s time to run a poll. In Middleboro, MA, there is a cross on the median strip …

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Oct 08 2013

“Operation Good Shepherd” Sends Evangelists To Crime Scenes… Who Could Complain?

In Montgomery, Alabama, As the victim of a crime You might want the cops to move A little faster They’ll be there, if you are lucky, In the very nick of time, But they’ll make one stop To bring along a pastor When they bring along “Good Shepherds” They don’t mean the K-9 corps— But …

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Oct 08 2013

Christian Plaintiff Wins Jesus Portrait Case In Jackson, OH

The Jesus portrait has to go, We finally agree It’s like you told us long ago Before we paid your fee If we had only listened then We might have known you’re right… But someone hollered “atheist!” And so we had to fight. We didn’t think the painting Would offend a Christian soul— We thought …

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Sep 27 2013

Wait… I Thought All The Best Scientists Were Christians!

The Pacific Justice Institute is fighting the “forced atheistic teaching” of elementary school children in Kansas. Apparently, the new science standards are incompatible with theistic religious beliefs. It’s a legal violation! It’s our first amendment right! So we won’t give up our ignorance, At least without a fight! We can’t teach our children science— Kids …

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Sep 24 2013

On Taking Sides, And Town Meeting Prayers

Our founders had their different faiths, and with those faiths as guides They determined that our government should not be taking sides That couplet, excerpted from this earlier verse, is the crux of the matter in Greece, NY. In the most recent must-read piece, SCOTUSblog, and author Carl Esbeck, dissects the matter of the case …

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