By Skip Chatterson - May 10, 2014
Supreme Court decisions never make everybody happy and thus is the case with the latest decision Greece vs. Galloway. This decision reaffirms the right public prayer including sectarian prayer, more exactly it offered a win to the town of Greece, New York, a suburb of Rochester that has been defending prayers routinely offered at its meetings. The landmark ruling falls in line with a 1983 decision that dealt with a similar scenario in the Nebraska legislature.
The majority ruled that offering prayers is constitutional so long as government officials make an effort to be inclusive of all faiths, though CNN reported that the ruling was specific to Greece and gave little guidance to other communities grappling with similar issues.
Just a note to CNN, whenever SCOTUS makes a ruling it applies to any similar situation, unless otherwise stated. That’s OK, CNN has to satisfy the few remaining liberals viewers they have outside of those forced to watch CNN at every airport in the nation.
Now the atheists are up in arms:
On its website, the Christophobic FFRF (Freedom From Religion Foundation), headquarter in Madison, Wisconsin, posted a member essay calling the High Court’s decision, “disastrous for state-church separation,” and frantically warned, “This decision could be the equivalent of Dred Scott or Plessy for our [anti-Christian] cause.”
Really?? This decision is equivalent to defining slaves as property, therefore they were not human? I might have missed the point made by SCOTUS that stated atheists are not human and could be purchased as property. I missed any reference to atheism at all. Anyway this organization has a plan:
“In light of yesterday’s dreadful ruling, we, and all activists, will have to fight harder and smarter. We will need to lodge more complaints, write more letters, conduct more protests, and bring more lawsuits. No matter how long it takes, Greece v. Galloway must be overturned.”
The essay brazenly called for “mockery” of God, summoning atheists to infiltrate any public forum that might open in prayer, and to then “voice disapproval…by booing, making thumbs down gestures, blowing a raspberry, or by making other audible sounds signifying disapproval. …”
“Citizens may also abruptly walk out of government proceedings and then make an auspicious re-entry as soon as the prayer has ended,” suggested the group. Then the plan concluded with;
If after the above actions have been taken, the government continues to insult atheists and/or religious minorities with sectarian prayers, activists may turn to public mockery and ridicule. One example is the “prayer mockery hat.” Activist can easily make a brightly colored hat with large ear muffs and dark sunglasses. Wording on the cap could say: “I OBJECT TO PRAYER!” Then, as soon as the pastor or chaplain has been introduced, activists can put on their “prayer mockery hat” with exaggeration and then remain seated throughout the prayer, completely ignoring the pastor until finished. Activists can also mount a small GoPro-style camera to their cap to record the response for posting on Facebook or Youtube.com.
In spite of the disastrous ruling, the fight is not over. We must not submit to this subjugation of our constitutional right to be free FROM unwanted religious intrusion by government. Indeed, “Nothing Fails Like Prayer,” so let us use reason and our constitutional rights of free speech, free association, and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances to our full advantage.
Wow, kind of childish. Not surprising though, because these type of groups rely on childish actions when they do not get their way. How hard is it to either step outside said chambers until the prayer is over, or better yet, continue to play whatever game they just downloaded to their i-Phone or continue to text their friends while the prayer is going on. That would be more respectful and they wouldn’t even hear a word of the prayer. It’s not about being respectful though, as is evidence by the letter from the FFRF. No, it’s about fascism, forcing views or behaviors on others as did the Nazi’s. It is either that or these people are truly evil and even the sound of a prayer burns their ears.