Thursday, May 19, 2005

ACLU wants to remove people who pray from society

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In Tangipahoa Parish here in Louisiana, the teachers and adminstrators continue to pray in school. This infuriates the ACLU who has continually taken the School Board to court to stop them from praying.

In addition, the ACLU cites a prayer it says was recently given at Amite High School, over a loudspeaker, at an awards banquet. The prayer ended with the words "In Jesus' name we pray," violating the ban; the principal of the school sat silently by.

So, if they didn't say "In Jesus' name" the ACLU wouldn't have had a problem with prayer? I guess it would have been OK if the prayer ended with "In Allah's name."

The ACLU has a solution to this problem: get rid of the people who pray.

Teachers and administrators in Tangipahoa Parish continue to violate a court-imposed school prayer ban, according to the ACLU, which Wednesday asked a federal judge to send them to jail."

The consent judgment is repeatedly violated by these individuals because they do not believe anything will happen to them," the ACLU said in its Wednesday court filing. "Their refusal to comply with the consent decree should and must result in their removal from society." (emphasis added)

OK, let's replace the praying teachers and administrators in this story with any other group in society who might participate in acts of civil disobedience (Homosexuals, college students, labor unions, etc.). If the ACLU or anyone else used the words "remove from society" to describe sending them to jail, there would be an uproar.

Why? Because words not only have meanings, they have connotations. Removing someone from society IMPLIES sending them to jail for a very long time. We use the words "remove from society" when talking about sending violent criminals, such as child molestors, rapists and murderers, to jail for life not for acts of civil disobedience.

So the question for me becomes: Does the ACLU view these people the same as violent criminals?