Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Anti-semitism and the Christian Right.

This points out a truly frightening trend. Not only does the article describe typical ACLU-bashing from the Christian Right (apparently ignorant of the cases where the ACLU has fought for Christians), and not only typical American Muslim-bashing, but now it's also anti-Semitism. The money quotes:
In response to the ACLU’s threats, IRSD board president Harvey Walls asked board member Dr. Donald G. Hattier to deliver a prayer. Amid the crowd’s loud cheers, Hattier rose and recited George Washington’s prayer which was offered during America’s fight for independence.
One wonders what they would say upon learning Washington was a Deist and supported freedom of religion (see here).
"This is one more example of the ACLU’s jihad to end public acknowledgement of the God of the Bible."
And what is the Old Testament, exactly?
A former board member suggested that Mona Dobrich [the mother of a Jewish boy] might "disappear" like Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the atheist whose Supreme Court case resulted in ending organized school prayer. She disappeared in 1995 and her dismembered body was found six years later.
So, the brutal murder of an atheist who insisted on the seperation of church and state is being condoned; and, to make matters worse, this sort of "punishment" is felt to be okay for a Jew. If that isn't anti-semitic, what is?
"If these kids are taught evolution -- that they came from apes -- and they're not given the basis of faith, what's to stop them from acting like animals?" he said.
One would hope that their inner decency might play some kind of role.

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