Hey Christian fish: Don’t make moving plans yet

Posted: June 20, 2008 in Above the Fold, Follow up, Legal Prejudice, Networking
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On June 7, we posted on the Wall about an anomaly in public transportation – a state-codified license plate.

NiceOh sure, you can have an ichthus on your bumper, a Jesus sticker in your window or even use a vanity plate reading your favorite verse or Jesus phrase.

However, imagine having a choice of a cross as common as your alma mater or SPCA commitment. And they [COUGH… ACLU, ATHEISTS, PC-FREAKS… COUGH] said it couldn’t happen. Evidently, THEY don’t live in South Carolina, which bravely voted to allow the local department of transportation to consider this venture.

Well, we set the over/under at four (weeks) for legal action to bar this harmless action. If you took the under, you would be rich. It’s only 13 days later, and the New York Times has broke the story.

The group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, filed the lawsuit in Columbia, S.C., on behalf of three Christian clergy members, a rabbi and a Hindu group from the state, arguing that the license plates violated the Constitution…

…Approval of the plate “was a clear signal that Christianity is the preferred religion of South Carolina,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, the group’s executive director and a United Church of Christ minister, “and obviously we don’t believe the Constitution allows this.”

Back to PETA… er, the SPCA for a minute. Does approval of proclaiming Bob Barker’s mantra on the your license plate illuminate a clear signal that pets are the appropriate companion of choice? I suppose that would offensive to those you enjoy… you know… humans?!

At any rate, I said it once and I’ll say it again – and if you know anyone in the Palmetto State, help HiScrivener say it as well – get to prayin’ South Carolina! You could create history, or just become another dreaded statistic of the ACLU and a victim of only group of people that is legally sanctioned for prejudice – Christians.

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  2. Chris says:

    It seems to me that we might be over-emphasizing the extent to which Christianity is “legally sanctioned for prejudice”…America was initially a “Christian” nation due to the overwhelming preponderance of Puritan settlers. Since 1776, this country has experienced incredibly rapid population growth and a commensurate change in demographics. The US has arguably seen the most explosive national demographic changes in modern history; this also has led to a shift in the concept of “majority” rule. While it is true that the interests of the minority are sometimes given undue attention, it is also true that those in the majority unfairly believe that majority rule is unequivocal. This belief is contradictory to many of the premises upon which our nation was founded. One of our nation’s primary goals was to ensure that persecution on religious grounds was not condoned; this includes not only the right for minority factions to practice certain religions, but also for the existing majority to respect those practitioners. In modern times, a critical component of respect for the minority entails restraining the views of those majority members who wish to impose their views upon others. It is a necessary evil to sometimes restrict Christianity (the majority) in order to preserve the delicate social balance that allows all citizens (including the minority) to freely practice religion. If Mr. Freshwater was indeed responsible for the alleged actions, then action must be taken against him in response. Doing nothing would implicitly condone religious persecution of minority interests, and doing “something” would not unfairly “persecute” Christianity or Christians–it would merely be consistent with our constitutional and social obligations to allow all groups to practice their chosen religions freely and without fear of marginalization.

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