Story from CNN. (H/T My friend Ken)
A judge has ruled in favor of two Florida school administrators who faced contempt charges for saying a prayer at a school luncheon, according to a group that helped represent them.
U.S. District Judge M.C. Rodgers ruled Thursday in favor of Frank Lay, principal of Pace High School in Pace, Florida, and school athletic director Robert Freeman, the Liberty Counsel said.
Lay and Freeman could have faced up to six months in prison and fines if convicted. They were accused of violating a consent decree banning county school employees from initiating prayers during school events.
[…]But the American Civil Liberties Union, whose lawsuit led to the consent decree, has maintained students have a right to be free from administrators who foist their personal religious beliefs on them.
Fascism is the idea that the state suppresses the inalienable rights of its citizenry by substituting the values and duties of the government (the rulers) for the values and duties of individuals.
Here’s how it works:
- Inalienable human rights are granted by the Creator
- Only the Creator of the universe can grant inalienable human rights to his creatures
- Freedom of religious expression is self-evidently an inalienable human right
- Christians exercise their freedom of religious expression
- Atheists in the ACLU don’t believe in a Creator
- If there is no Creator, then “rights” are just social conventions that vary by time and place
- So atheists in the ACLU cannot ground inalienable human rights
- Without an inalienable right to freedom of religious expression, suppressing the religious liberty others is permissible
- Atheists in the ACLU can use government to silence, suppress and imprison unwilling Christians
- Atheists in the ACLU are offended by the free expression of Christianity in public
- Therefore, atheists in the ACLU find it rational to suppress the human rights of their neighbors using state coercion
There is no such thing as human rights in an atheistic “survival of the fittest” universe.
Atheists in the ACLU prefer to use the state to suppress any public religious expression, because the public expression of religion makes them feel badly. The feelings of atheists is sufficient to justify silencing, suppressing, imprisoning and in even killing people who make them feel bad. They are not so much interesting in debating the merits of the cosmological argument – they just want to shut down dissent so they can feel comfortable about their atheism.
Here is my entire series of posts explaining why moral behavior is irrational on atheism. Their worldview just doesn’t ground objective moral values, objective moral duties, self-sacrifice and the significance of moral decisions. And when the chips are down, they show their fascist colors. Atheists want to dismiss the claims of objective morality so they can pursue pleasure, and they don’t want you using your freedoms to remind them of their own depravity.
UPDATE: Kreitsauce is from the panhandle and writes this comment below:
I’m from the Florida panhandle, and we thought this whole thing was ridiculous because:
1. Lay and Freeman have done an unbelievable amount of good for the school and the community. It’s real Christianity making a difference that has had such a profound impact.
2. The school already teaches a Bible elective.
3. The school meeting where the prayer took place was housed in a church.
4. The prayer was spontaneous, not a willful violation of criminal law.
5. All protests have been peaceful, even in the face of opposition. The believers have mostly been praying and singing hymns.
6. Lay and Freeman have strong student, community, and parent support.
He also links to this youtube video: