Saturday, June 03, 2006

A Legal Battle Over Stickers

The founding fathers would not have dreamed federal judges would issue rulings based on their hostility toward Christians and justify it based on the beliefs of those same founding fathers but this is what it has come to. From the referenced site:

http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/news/story.aspx?cid=3404&referral=E0506G

"The stickers contained the true statement that “evolution is a theory, not a fact” and nothing about any religious faith. A federal court judge agreed that the stickers were not applied to the textbooks for a religious purpose and were devoid of religious content. Nonetheless, he deemed the stickers a violation of the so-called “separation of church and state” for the sole reason that many people were aware that Christians liked the stickers."

[Bradford]: Abuse of the "establishment clause" is epidemic. The establishment clause concept has become a tool used by legislating judges to limit the influence of conservative Christians. The argument that the meaning of the word 'theory' is misunderstood is inconsequential. You don't issue constitutional rulings based on the understanding of those advocating use of the phrase. Not if you have judicial integrity and respect for free speech.

“The district court’s decision seriously misstates the law. Are we really going to start declaring laws unconstitutional just because Christians happen to support them?” asked ADF Senior Legal Counsel Kevin Theriot. “No federal court has ever declared something unconstitutional just because it believes a general awareness exists that Christians are in favor of that thing.”

According to the brief filed today, “The District Court’s analysis will lead to absurd results…. The Establishment Clause was never meant to prohibit the passage of a secular law, for a secular purpose, simply because Christians actively lobbied for the law.”

[Bradford]: The real bone of contention is the second part of the statement indicating that evolution is "not a fact." Evolution has become a sacred cow. You don't criticize sacred cows without consequences.

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