Why ‘Liberty’ Counsel is Badly Misnamed


Here’s a perfect example of why Liberty Counsel, founded by Jerry Falwell as his answer to the ACLU and led by the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, is blatantly misnamed. In a Worldnetdaily article about the upcoming “black mass” in Oklahoma we find this little tidbit:

And the Catholics are not the only group expressing outrage about the prospect of a black mass being held in the public civic center of a Bible Belt town like Oklahoma City.

Harry Mihet, vice president of legal affairs and chief litigation counsel for Liberty Counsel, said Oklahoma City should not allow its public facilities to be “used by a satanic group for the sole purpose of mocking, insulting and offending other faiths through a lewd and lascivious ceremony. The perverted sexual deviance characteristic of a ‘black mass’ ought to remain in the dark tombs and catacombs where it originated, and should not see the light of day in a civilized society, much less on public property.”

Funny, that’s almost identical language used by Muslim countries to justify their blasphemy laws, which forbid exactly the thing that Liberty Counsel is so upset about here, any statement or behavior that includes “mocking, insulting and offending other faiths.” Of course, they don’t actually mean “other faiths,” they mean Christianity. Which is why Liberty Counsel only represents Christians (as opposed to the ACLU, which represents people of every faith and no faith when their rights have been violated).

As usual, we see that when the Christian right talks about “religious freedom” what they really mean is Christian privilege.

Comments

  1. John Pieret says

    Of course, they don’t actually mean “other faiths,” they mean Christianity.

    Prime example: Bill Keller from Ed’s last post. Further on in the WingNutDaily article, Keller says this:

    You follow the same path as the false prophet you put your faith in – Muhammad – who history has correctly recorded was nothing more than a murderous, polygamist pedophile, who’s led the souls of billions of blind followers throughout 1,400 years to eternal damnation with the false religion he created.

    Sounds like mocking, insulting and offending another faith to me.

  2. says

    Look, everybody knows it’s not “Pprivilege” to prevent other people from doing things I disagree with. It is, however, Privilege when they try to stop me from stopping them. Also, tyranny. And “Freedom” isn’t the so-called “right” to do things I disagree with.

    Freedom isn’t free. Mine costs you yours. Just as America’s Founders, the Pilgrims, intended.

    In conclusion, you should feel Privileged that I care enough about you to use my Liberty to ensure you have the Freedom to agree with me, even though you Athiests and Liberals and Muslins (and women and Lithuanians and…) are all Unpopular Minorties that disgusts me.

  3. eric says

    the sole purpose of mocking, insulting and offending other faiths through a lewd and lascivious ceremony. The perverted sexual deviance characteristic of a ‘black mass’ ought to remain in the dark tombs and catacombs where it originated, and should not see the light of day in a civilized society, much less on public property.

    And if that review don’t get the crowds to come and watch, I don’t know what will.

  4. says

    The perverted sexual deviance characteristic of a ‘black mass’ ought to remain in the dark tombs and catacombs where it originated, and should not see the light of day in a civilized society, much less on public property.”

    Anyone familiar with first century history would recognize that as pretty close to the way the Romans used to describe the early Christians, who often held ceremonies in “dark tombs and catacombs.”

  5. busterggi says

    “The perverted sexual deviance characteristic of a ‘black mass’ ought to remain in the dark tombs and catacombs where it originated, ”

    You know, the Romans considered Christianity to be a perverted sexually deviant religion which is why the earliest Christian iconography is found in the Roman catacombs where the Catholic mass was developed.

  6. D. C. Sessions says

    Whoda thunk I’ld ever WANT to go to Oklahoma City?

    I spent a week in Oklahoma City one night back in ’90. Fortunately, the Constitution guarantees I won’t have to do it again.

  7. steve78b says

    I’ve got to see if I can make it to the mass. Be interesting. Just 1 hour up the road.

  8. eric says

    I’ve got to see if I can make it to the mass. Be interesting. Just 1 hour up the road.

    If you do, please come back and post about it. Though I suspect that – despite the RCC’s hysteria – you’re in for a boringly mundane and tedious symbolic ritual.

  9. steve78b says

    If I go there had better be some diet sodas and popcorn. Or could this be more like a real mass….. with some dry flakes of jebus and a couple sips of blood?

    Check the schedule……. see about tickets…… sharpen my knives……..

  10. steve78b says

    Checking for tickets …. Ticket sales site says there are no tickets for sale, or sold out. I used the link from the Church Of Ahriman.
    The church says they are now on sale. Could the Catholics have bought them all? Or did they just get snapped up so fast?

    I was prepared to smuggle in my own popcorn and sodas.

    No tie…..

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