My fellow Texans keep on making the rest of us look like fools
Feministe links to this story about the Supreme Court's decision to look at the case of the Ten Commandments in front of our Capitol building here in Austin. The pearl-clutching reactions of the religious right on this issue are so overblown that if you have to wonder if a single one of these motherfuckers believes a word that flies out of their own mouths. I mean, when does lying to the courts and to the media and to the American people, aka violating one of those dear commandments, stop being a political ploy and become just your natural way of speaking?
America can't scrub the role of religion from its history, said Kelly Shackelford of the Liberty Legal Institute, which defends religious freedoms and First Amendment rights and filed briefs in support of keeping the monument.
Yep, once that monument is gone, it will be illegal to discuss religion in our nation's history. No doubt about it. I can't say what Shackelford would make of someone like me, who is an atheist who owns a Bible, a firm believer in the separation of church and state who thinks that you can't teach American history without explaining how the church shaped so much of our culture. In fact, you can't understand the importance of the separation between church and state until you know the history of the church and how after hundreds of years of oppressing religious freedom and taking lives with the state's authority, people finally got fed up and excised its power over the state. And many lives have been saved because of it, I'm sure.
Anyway, Shackelford is bearing false witness to the press and to the Supreme Court when she characterizes herself and her institute as pro-liberty and pro-religious freedom. In reality, the institute stands for curtailing First Amendment rights and pushing her faith on people who don't share it.
According to their own website, the insitute has worked diligently to increase the state's right to censor people in direct violation of the First Amendment.
In March of 2003, the Institute coordinated an amicus brief for the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA) case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
They have worked on forcing their religion's beliefs about marriage on the rest of us, in direction violation of the First Amendment's freedom of religion clause.
In 2003, Institute attorneys served as national spokespersons for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)
After all, under current law, if your church officiates a marriage between two members of the same sex, that marriage cannot be legally recognized the way that marriages performed by churches that are favored by the government are.
The institute also dislikes the equal protection clause, and is working very hard to have two different standards of right to privacy between men and women.
joined other groups in getting Women's Right to Know Act passed, and aided in a victorious battle to get Prenatal Protection Act passed.
As it stands, men still have a right not to have the government force propaganda and lies into their hands before they make a medical decision. Men also have full rights as citizens that are not in the slightest subsumed to the rights of any non-citizen creatures that may have taken up residence in their bodies.
The institute has worked on making government grants contigent on an organization's ability to tailor its services to fit the religious beliefs of the insitute and its members.
In July 2003, LLI took action to defend the state in the case against Planned Parenthood. LLI filed an amicus brief in support of the Texas law to prohibit federal and state funds to be used for abortion services.
Hopefully, they won't be suing soon on the right of anti-contraceptive churches to dictate Planned Parenthood's policies.
The institute works to strip away the rights of individual citizens by using the state to force non-believers to help people who wish to push their anti-intellectual religious beliefs onto our scientific community.
LLI is representing a student who was denied a letter of recommendation by a professor because of his Christian beliefs. The professor even posts his discriminatory policy on a website hosted by Texas Tech and paid for by tax dollars. The professor requires all students receiving a letter of recommendation to affirm a personal belief in evolution.
Your right to not recommend someone because you think that person doesn't deserve the recommendation apparently should be stripped away if it interferes with the right wing push to turn this once great nation into a nation of superstitious morons. What next? A physics professor getting sued for withholding a recommendation from a student that refuses to believe in light photons because light is created when god glows or something like that?
According the institute, you don't have a legal right to not recommend someone because they espouse religious beliefs that directly interfere with their ability to do their job, but you do have a right to harass people all you want as long as you claim it's in the name of Jesus.
LLI is representing four women who were denied admission to the Planned Parenthood public library because they expressed pro-life views. After a First Amendment suit was filed by LLI, Planned Parenthood completely severed their relationship with the Waco Public Library and paid money in damages to settle the case.
I wonder if this institute would defend my religious freedom to run into any old public library and start running around screaming that the Bible is all lies.
I'd keep going, but I've thrown up three times already. Needless to say, it's important to remember that when right wing Christian groups who support laws forcing their religious views on everyone else claim they are trying to preserve freedom, they are lying. I'm not sure when deceit became the great Christian virtue, but organizations like LLI make it clear that they hold dishonesty close to their heart and that it's one of their greatest weapons.