Monday, February 13, 2012

Islamic fanatics and secular fanatics

Dennis Prager points out that in the U.S. we have our own fanatics, of the secular strain.

An excerpt:

The Muslim world is threatened by religious fanaticism. The Western world is threatened by secular fanaticism.
Both seek to dominate society and to use state power to do so. Both seek to eliminate the Other -- for Islamic fanatics, that means non-Muslim religions and secularism; for secular fanatics, it means Christianity and virtually any public invoking of God. The Islamists impose Sharia law; the American Civil Liberties Union and the left generally impose secular law. The Taliban wiped out public vestiges of Buddhism in Afghanistan; the ACLU and its allies seek to wipe out public vestiges of Christianity in America...

4 comments:

  1. Keep whining as you head off to your public church that is supported by an incorporated non-profit organization exempt from Federal taxes. Yeah, you sure are oppressed.

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  2. Secular Law! Oh the Horrors! How we’ve survived the last 200+ years of secular laws is nothing short of a miracle. One more secular law and we’re doomed, doomed! The bogeyman is coming for you! Hitler! Hitler!

    -KW

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  3. The ACLU of Texas (2011) opposed a public high school’s policy prohibiting students from wearing visible rosaries and crosses in the Brownsville Independent School District. http://www.aclutx.org/2011/11/18/aclu-of-texas-demands-brownsville-isd-disclose-policies-banning-rosaries-and-crosses-at-school/

    The ACLU of Nebraska (2011) opposed a policy at Fremont Public School that would prevent students from wearing Catholic rosaries to school.
    http://www.aclunebraska.org/index.php/religious-liberty/127-that-gang-of-nuns-looks-pretty-dangerous

    The ACLU of Virginia (2011) defended the free religious expression of a group of Christian athletes in Floyd County High School who had copies of the Ten Commandments removed from their personal lockers.
    http://www2.wsls.com/news/2011/feb/25/aclu-virginia-defends-floyd-co-high-school-christi-ar-867856/

    The ACLU of Connecticut (2011) filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Naval officer who sought recognition as a conscientious objector because of his Christian convictions against war. After a period of intense religious study, reflection, and prayer, he had come to realize that his religious beliefs were in conflict with his military service. The officer's request was subsequently granted and he received an honorable discharge.
    http://www.acluct.org/legal/religiousliberty/navalofficerwinscodischarg.htm
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/23/nyregion/23objector.html?_r=1&scp=2&sq=ACLU&st=cse

    The ACLU of Colorado (2010) supported the rights of students in Colorado Springs School District 11 to wear crosses, rosaries, and other religious symbols. A middle school had announced a policy forbidding students from wearing certain Christian symbols unless they were worn underneath their clothing.
    http://aclu-co.org/news/aclu-supports-students-right-of-religious-freedom

    The ACLU of Florida (2010) filed a lawsuit on behalf of a local homeless ministry, the First Vagabonds Church of God, challenging an Orlando ordinance that prohibits service of food to groups in the same public park more than twice per year. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit eventually enjoined the city from enforcing the ordinance, allowing the church to resume providing food to the homeless.
    http://www.aclufl.org/news_events/?action=viewRelease&emailAlertID=3668
    http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-homeless-feeding-ruling-20100831,0,6714611.story

    The ACLU and the ACLU of Texas (2010) filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a Texas state prisoner seeking damages after prison officials denied him the opportunity to participate in Christian worship services.
    http://www.aclu.org/prisoners-rights-religion-belief/christian-prisoner-entitled-seek-monetary-damages-violation-his-rel

    The ACLU, its national chapter in Puerto Rico, and its affiliates in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island (2010) filed a friend-of-the-court brief opposing restrictive laws that effectively ban Jehovah's Witnesses from freely expressing their faith on the streets of Puerto Rico. The brief supports a challenge by the Witnesses to Puerto Rico statutes authorizing local neighborhoods to deny citizens access to public residential streets.
    http://www.aclu.org/religion-belief/aclu-brief-affirms-right-jehovahs-witnesses-carry-out-public-ministry

    I would continue, but the comment box doesn't allow more.

    Michael - your promotion of divisive, hysterical and false accusations against those you see as your enemies demonstrates that you don't understand what Jesus was teaching. That's ok - it's a hard lesson and not everybody gets it. I can't love my enemies either. But then, I don't call myself a Christian. Nor do I run a blog encouraging hate against those with whom I disagree.

    When attending charity events or the weekly book study group at one of our local churches, I can't help but be struck by the difference between these kind and generous people and the angry, aggressively spiteful bigot behind Egnorance.

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  4. Bravo, RickK!

    Egnor is a sad and nasty piece of work.

    I can't help but guess there might be some deep psychological trauma at work here. Maybe he got dumped by an atheist woman?

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