church and state

There is no question that breaking holes in the wall between Church and State does immeasurable harm to the Republic. I never considered that the harm might flow both ways. The Christian Science Monitor has a great editorial that shows the other side. [Bush faith-based initiatives] gave spirituality a...

This would be hilarious if it wasn't really happening: Church and artist in feud over "dildo flower" art....

This would be hilarious if it wasn't really happening: Church and artist in feud over "dildo flower" art....

The "religious display" issue is relatively simple. If you happen to have art in a courthouse that has a religious overtone to it, but it is not there to promote, nor to seemingly promote a particular religion -- then that is constitutional. That is why the frieze at the Supreme Court is fine -- even though you can find Moses holding a version of the ten commandments there (f you look hard enough). On the other hand, when some hillbilly idiot decides that this is a "christian nation" and by golly, he's gonna show us all that is the case, and he then plunks down a ten ton granite block with his particular version of the ten commandments inscribed thereupon, then we have a First Amendment issue. Here we go again. Below, you'll find Slidell, Louisiana's claimed "secular" display.
LodgeNet Entertainment Corp. supplies pay-per-view movies to America's hotels, and "Focus on the Family" (FOF) says, "In August, family advocates will ask the Department of Justice to investigate and bring charges against the company. Phil Burress, president and executive director of Ohio's Citizens for Community Values (CCV), claims that LodgeNet's movies are " prosecutable under the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Miller v. California."

Commentary on the Hillsborough Church-State school issue. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfw5YqQnVHA] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZnevOugbJg]...