Saturday, June 06, 2009

Religion/Anti-Religion Skirmishes

Locally, the anti-religionists lost a skirmish when the Federal judge declined to grant their utterly inane demand that the Elmbrook schools stop using a local church for graduation exercises.

But there are more minor back-and-forth events.

By court order, the electronic chimes that were rung each day by Cathedral of Christ the King Catholic Church in Phoenix, Ariz., are now confined to Sundays and special occasions, while the cathedral's leader, Bishop Rick Painter, faces potential jail time for playing the daily melodies.

...Separate investigations found the bells to be no louder on the street than a conversation or even local traffic, yet according to a report from KNXV-TV in Phoenix, neighbors testified the music disturbed them and made them feel like captives in their own homes.

"Disturbed" is the right word, of course. Not that long ago, we put "disturbed" people into the care of Nurse Rached. And we gave them anti-"disturbation" medicines.

Some folks are not all that docile about it:

Members of the graduating class of 2009 at Florida's Pace High School have expressed their objections to ACLU restrictions on statements of religious faith at their school by rising up en masse at their ceremony and reciting the Lord's Prayer.

I like that story. Those kids are telling the anti-religionists something...

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