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Some Good News

Posted in 1 by activecitizen54 on April 18, 2010

Some Good News

Brightbart and O’Keefe’s lies have removed a much needed community resource and a group that made remarkable progress toward civil equality.  Lies, Republican Cults of Jesus, Lies and more Lies are all identified but too late for ACORN.  Faux Noise Lies exposed too.  Isn’t it reassuring?

The Western District Court, Judge  Barbara Crabb, struck down the Unconstitutional “National Day of Prayer.”

The National Day of Prayer was created by Congress less than 60 years ago. And if we look to the Founding Fathers’ examples, we see how James Madison, considered the Father of the Constitution, thought presidential prayer proclamations nourished the erroneous idea of a national religion and how Thomas Jefferson believed that the decision to pray should be left up to the individual.

It’s this vision that U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin brought us back to yesterday. She said that by enacting the National Day of Prayer statute, “the government has taken sides on a matter that must be left to individual conscience.”

Crabb also explained that this does not in any way prohibit any individual, including the president, from praying

“However,” she continued, “recognizing the importance of prayer to many people does not mean that the government may enact a statute in support of it, any more than the government may encourage citizens to fast during the month of Ramadan, attend a synagogue, purify themselves in a sweat lodge or practice rune magic. In fact, it is because the nature of prayer is so personal and can have such a powerful effect on a community that the government may not use its authority to try to influence an individual’s decision whether and when to pray.”

As you can well imagine the Religious Right’s heads began exploding almost immediately upon the decision.  Thank God for wise judicial acts.

On a more personal note the current explosion of Mike Huckabee is hanging on his every word to a college journalism student with the credibility and good sense to record every single one of the bigots words and play them back for all our edification.  Too bad Mr Huckabee; you are exposed and this Gay man raising kids wasn’t nearly anything like having a puppy.  My kids were harder to housebreak.

Mr Huckabee’s great State of Arkansas has correctly struck down the prohibition of single individuals or unmarried couples adopting.

“Due process and equal protection are not hollow words without substance.  They are rights enumerated in our constitution that must not be construed in such a way as to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people.” –  Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Chris Piazza

Whether or not McDaniel wants to further involve the state in this issue may not matter since there are plenty of homo haters ready to spring into action.  The shrill Arkansas Family Council is an ultraconservative organization that, like most similarly named U.S. groups, would be more honest if they replaced the word “family” with “anti-gay.”  That’s actually their focus.  There is some window dressing on AFC’s website, but the association’s primary goal has always been to demonize LGBT Americans and make life difficult for non-traditional families, including the children of same-gender parents.  This is work they do well.  Back in November of 2008, AFC launched a drive to put the initiated ban on the general election ballot and was the main intervenor in the lawsuit. Now AFC spokesman Jerry Cox is saying that his group will definitely appeal Judge Piazza’s decision to the Arkansas Supreme Court.  Coxstates:  “I think his ruling undermines the welfare of children. He overruled the will of the people. It’s a sad day when a judge can do that.” Cox referred to the ruling as “judicial tyranny.”

I doubt the Arkansas Family Council understands or cares much about constitutional rights, and they’re even less familiar with the purpose of our judicial system – but they certainly know a thing or two about tyranny.  Religious tyranny.

The State of Florida had a similar statute and it too was struck down in November of 2008.

The Fundies and Cults of Jesus crazies are working to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would allow funding of religious schools and providing social services much like the fraud of George W Bush’s Faith-Based Initiative that’s funding the Catholic, Evangelical and LDS/Mormon pogrom of Hate and Fear-Mongering against the LGBT Communities.

The Harbinger of Gratitude has an interesting perspective:

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  1. Skeptic said, on April 18, 2010 at 9:11 am

    “The Western District Court, Judge Barbara Crabb, struck down the Unconstitutional “National Day of Prayer.””

    This decision is really great news. It’s a victory for truth and freedom. And I’m glad the fundies are upset and angry. I love it when they suffer a defeat.


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