Thursday, May 05, 2005

Judicial activism: the new missionary position

Sorry, I forgot. When the wingnuts create law from whole cloth, that isn't activism. it's "intent of the framers."

Paperwight's Fair Shot: Does She Weigh The Same As A Duck?

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled a Virginia county can refuse to let a witch give the invocation at its meetings by limiting the privilege to clergy representing Judeo-Christian monotheism.
While the U.S. Supreme Court has limited government entanglement with religion in the past, the 4th Circuit’s decision relies heavily on a case in which the high court carved out separate and broader boundaries and guidelines for prayer at legislative gatherings. In that 1983 case, the court ruled there was no violation of the establishment clause when the Nebraska legislature used a Presbyterian minister over a number of years to lead its invocations. Marsh v. Chambers, 463 U.S. 783.

The court said in Marsh that as long as the selection of a particular minister did not stem "from any impermissible motive," it was constitutional. The Marsh opinion also strongly emphasized the long history of prayer in both Congress and the Supreme Court itself.

The 4th Circuit ruled Chesterfield County’s Board of Supervisors did not show impermissible motive in refusing to permit a pantheistic invocation by a Wiccan because its list of clergy who registered to conduct invocations covers a wide spectrum of Judeo-Christian denominations.

So, Judeo-Christian (a made-up term) denominations can now stand in for any other religion as the official religion requested to participate in government business. Because, you know, the Bible really does encompass every other sacred text, and there's never been any problem with, you know, silly little religious tiffs, arising between Judeos and/or Christians (who are, after all, completely interchangeable), and anyone else.

From theocracy watch to theocracy alert to Federal Court of Appeals-sanctioned, 100% made in USA theocracy. In a week.

Efficient buggers, aren't they?


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