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Mendacious and Malevolent. - Elf M. Sternberg
Mendacious and Malevolent.
Why should I be surprised? Courts have always made exceptions for "memorials," so Congress, in its infinite wisdom, has decided that the Mt. Soledad cross, which is on public land, is a "veteran's memorial" (whether it was ever intended to be such or not) and therefore is protected from court assessments of First Amendment issues. The activists don't even acknowledge the First Amendment, they just call this a "very difficult battle." Against the law of the land, I suppose.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives, in a 391-3 vote, condemned public criticism of the Boy Scouts. Apparently, 391 members of the House were upset that the Department of Defense chose to uphold the Constitution and not grant federal aid to an organization that discriminates against young boys on the basis of their religious affiliation.

And in an absolutely stunning reversal (not!), Karen Krueger, who was initially upset that her child was exposed to a book in which other kids her age discussed drinking and sex (gasp! shock! horrors!) has now fessed up and admitted that the book's removal from the library and restriction within a modern literature program requiring parental concent is just not acceptable: "Now I want it banned."

We are not surprised.

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sarekofvulcan From: sarekofvulcan Date: November 22nd, 2004 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, they didn't condemn public criticism, they just commended the Scouts. There were criticisms in the debate, but what they actually passed said nothing about opposition to the Scouts.

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memegarden From: memegarden Date: November 26th, 2004 02:13 am (UTC) (Link)
My home town of Eugene, Oregon had, for many years, a huge lighted cross on top of a butte overlooking the whole town (on public land). It had been retroactively declared a war memorial (apparently to no particular war, but quite specific in its religion). Within the past few years it was found to be a religious icon and taken down, to be replaced by an American flag. This made me very happy. It was oppressive, and its removal makes me feel freer.
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