Friday, September 07, 2007

All Washed Up

Today's news:

Las Vegas Sun:
Peter Eliasberg, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, said his organization sued to remove the cross because it was clearly a religious item being supported by the federal government.

"I hope this stops the litigation and the waste of taxpayers' money," Eliasberg said. "Then they can build a real war memorial that honors all veterans."

A government attorney did not return telephone calls.
Not so long ago:

DEARBORN, Mich.(Washington Times) Plans to construct two foot-washing stations continue at the University of Michigan at Dearborn amid concerns that such action would constitute an establishment of religion by the public university.

The 8,700-student school near Detroit, which begins fall classes Tuesday, came under criticism in June when it announced that it would spend about $25,000 on the two foot-washing areas that were requested as an accommodation by a Muslim Student Association's task force. The foot baths come while the state is in a budget crisis and tuition and fees have risen at all of the state's public universities, up 7.9 percent at the Dearborn campus alone.

What does ACLU director Kary Moss say about the Muslim footbaths?

"Our policy is to object whenever public funds are spent on any brick and mortar component of religion," said Kary Moss, director of the Michigan Civil Liberties Union. "What makes this different, though, is that the footbaths themselves can be used by anyone, don't have any symbolic value and are not stylized in a religious way. They're in a regular restroom, and could be just as useful to a janitor filling up buckets, or someone coming off the basketball court, as to Muslim students."

Well there you have it.

By this logic I could say that a cross can be viewed by anyone as a piece of religious art, specifically one put up by veterans on land was then 'federalized'. Don't think of it's religious implications, just its war memorial implications.

Of course, when it comes to a religion that sponsors those who will cut your throat or bomb your children, the ACLU and the liberal judges that support them, suddenly see their spines wither to gelatin. Under those conditions, they rationalize a 180 degree reversal of their strict interpretation of religious separation.

That's what the ACLU is: All washed up.


linda said...

You've got that right, Insol!

Insolublog said...

Natch, linda.