ACLU: “American Taliban” or True Patriots?

Of course, the real American Taliban is all over this:

Unless a federal judge orders it down, an icon of Jesus holding biblical quotations about justice will stay up in the [Slidell, La] city court lobby, a judge said Saturday.

The American Civil Liberties Union has said it will take the court to court unless the icon and a plaque below it reading “To Know Peace, Obey These Laws” are removed by Monday.

And the Mayor of Slidell’s incredibly ridiculous reaction sounds like it came straight from the mouth of Roy Moore or one of his sycophants:

Mayor Ben Morris said he was ready to fight. “I fight daily with FEMA for the recovery of our city, and now we must fight with these tyrants, this American Taliban who seek to destroy our culture and our heritage,” he said.

Let me get this straight, Mayor. You want to give official government endorsement to a particular type of Christianity, while the ACLU wants to force the government to be neutral in all matters religious, yet it’s the ACLU who is the Taliban? If that’s how it is, let’s just stop talking right now, because words have no meaning.

As for the “our culture and our heritage” thing, the picture is a reproduction of a 16th Century Russian Orthodox painting in which Jesus is holding a Russian Bible, hence this reply from a fellow Louisiana blogger:

“Our culture and our heritage”? What heritage?!! Our Russian Orthodox heritage!? No one knew what the hell the words on the portrait even meant, and now everyone is going apenuts! People were being instructed, in the courthouse, to “obey” laws written in a language they didn’t understand, yet when someone complains and wants the picture removed, the judges and mayors raise hell about how “our” sacred “culture” is being destroyed.

As another La Blogger says, it’s a good thing for the mayor that

the ACLU respects your right to spout off like an idiot…

Seriously, though, I understand people who wonder why anyone would get irritated at a silly painting, especially if no-one can even read it. It does seem like de minimis harm.

I happen to think otherwise. I would not want to go to court and have to look at a picture of Muhammad telling me to obey his rules. Hence, I’m not going to make anyone look at pictures of my God. The golden rule, and all that.

But still, even if I thought this was a de minimis injury, I’d be happy that the ACLU was suing the city (and others who do similar stuff). Why? Mostly because the ACLU’s fights in these little cases are what prevents big problems. In other words, because government officials know that doing something as innocuous as putting up a ten commandments monument in a park can lead to a lawsuit, those same officials are very unlikely to do something really crazy like mandating church attendance. Or to put the same thing another way, if no one opposed Roy Moore and his types in these government religious display cases, what do suppose their next idea would be?

We enjoy religious freedom not because our government officials are wise and good. We enjoy it because people like those with the ACLU have the courage to fight for it.

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4 Comments on “ACLU: “American Taliban” or True Patriots?”

  1. Dan Says:

    I’ve given the ACLU money.

  2. wheeler Says:

    america hater!

  3. panicplanet Says:

    The real american taliban is quite evident when you compare them to thier middle eastern conterparts.

    In the middle east, the taliban forces people of the region they occupy to follow and adhere to a strict, conservative theology. Failing to do so results in rape, violence and even public executions.

    In America, there is an increasing movement to legislate morality and deny it’s citizens from having access to rights and benefits because it goes against an organized theology. Many times the very people attemping to influence legislation are guilty of the very things the campaign against.

    From Racism to Discrimination to in some cases Hate, these politicians and pundits are always first in line to trample on our constitution and our bill of rights.

    Stop The American Taliban Organization is trying to make sure the brightest light possible is shone on these hypocrites and provide intelligent debate in favor of not allowing politicians to stay in office that don’t hold the ENTIRE publics intrest in high regard.

    Help us support equal rights for all, protect the right to privacy and help us stamp out any terrorism that threatens to suppress our civil rights.

    Support “Stop The American Taliban” Today!
    http://www.StopTheAmericanTaliban.com


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