Monday, June 27, 2005
Religious Whackjobs To Dishonor Fallen Veteran. More Supreme Court Idiocy.
Religious Whackjobs To Dishonor Fallen Veteran
In an all too typically idiotic display of religious insanity, some group called the WBC has decided to assemble at the funeral of fallen Green Beret Christopher Piper, formerly of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Read the following unbelievable Boston Herald excerpt:
A Green Beret killed in Afghanistan will be laid to rest in his native Marblehead today as police brace for the anticipated arrival of a Kansas hate group.
``We're in Massachusetts now and we will be in Marblehead,'' said Margie Phelps of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church.
The WBC has blamed the 9/11 attacks and deaths of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan on America's tolerance of homosexuals. The group, which recently demonstrated outside local Catholic churches and public schools it deemed tolerant of homosexuality, has threatened to show up at services today for Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Piper, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan this month.
The group's literature proclaims ``Thank God for IEDs (roadside bombs)'' and states that Piper and other slain soldiers were ``cast into Hell to join other dishonorable Americans.'' Officials in Marblehead and Chicopee, home of slain Marine Capt. John Maloney, have denounced the group's plans to demonstrate at the fallen heroes' funerals. Both men's families have said freedom of speech is something they died trying to protect. Maloney was killed by an IED in Iraq this month.
Full story: http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=91703
You just can't make shit like this up. As it turned out, there was no trouble at the funeral, but still, I wonder how these shitheads would feel if one of their cult members was killed say, in a drunken driving accident, and a group called, say, Freaks Against Religious Thuggery (FART) showed up to the funeral to rejoice that there was now one less religiously insane asshole in the world? Something tells me that they wouldn't be too thrilled at the prospect...
Nine-Inch Nails Blow Another One
The United States Supreme Court ruled that a monument of the Ten Commandments was NOT unconstitutional because it was outside, and therefore, NOT promoting any specific religious viewpoint. JTA News excerpt:
WASHINGTON, June 27 (JTA) — The U.S. Supreme Court’s split rulings this week on the public display of the Ten Commandments is likely to lead to further confusion on what’s permissible and what’s not, analysts say.
The high court determined that some monuments cast a religious message and therefore violate the separation of church and state. But taken together, the rulings on two separate but related cases are likely to be viewed as an endorsement of public displays of the Ten Commandments, as long as they are erected with a secular objective.
Full story: http://www.jta.org/page_view_story.asp?intarticleid=15569&intcategoryid=3
First these paragons of wisdom decide that any public official can, for any reason, steal your property from you and then turn around and sell it to any greedy developer who claims they need it (or who simply wants it, like President Bloodthirsty Moron wanted Iraq), and now this.
So how the hell are we to determine whether a monument is erected with or without a secular objective? Are we to take the word of those behind such displays that there is no intent? Remember Alabama Judge Roy Moore? His intent was more than clear when he had his Ten Commandments monument placed inside his courthouse. He made sure that you knew you were in the hands of a religiously insane jurist. Moore, when his monument was ruled unconstitutional in 2003, acted like an NRA member basically saying "You'll take my monument from me when you pry it from my cold, dead hands." He eventually lost his job as a result of his defaince of the ruling by a U.S. District judge that went against him. The Supreme Court declined to hear his appeal.
"A single zealot may commence persecutor, and better men be his victims." -- Thomas Jefferson, "Notes on the State of Virginia, 1781-1782"
"Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter, 1814