迷看ちゃん (meimichan) wrote in ontd_political,
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Federal Court strikes down law creating National Day of Prayer.

The law creating the National Day of Prayer has been struck down on the grounds that it violates the separation of church and state.

The defendants? Obama and Gibbs. Also Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin.

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As this case shows, “it may not be easy, in every possible case, to trace the line of
separation between the rights of religion and the Civil authority.” Letter from James
Madison to R. Adams (1832), quoted in McCreary County, 545 U.S. at 876. The duty of
this court is to review the relevant case law and determine how it applies in a particular case.
Although the law does not always point in the same direction on matters related to the
establishment clause, my review of that law requires a conclusion that 36 U.S.C. § 119 is
unconstitutional.

I understand that many may disagree with that conclusion and some may even view
it as a criticism of prayer or those who pray. That is unfortunate. A determination that the
government may not endorse a religious message is not a determination that the message
itself is harmful, unimportant or undeserving of dissemination. Rather, it is part of the effort
to “carry out the Founders' plan of preserving religious liberty to the fullest extent possible
in a pluralistic society.” McCreary County, 545 U.S. at 882 (O'Connor, J., concurring). The
same law that prohibits the government from declaring a National Day of Prayer also
prohibits it from declaring a National Day of Blasphemy.

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Source the first-66 pages. I watch FFRF on Twitter, which is how I initially got the news.

Source the second-there is too much, let me sum up.


On the one hand, I'm going to enjoy watching all my conservative Christian relatives heads spin as a result of this. On the other hand, it's going to be appealed, and we all know it. In the grand scheme of things...I don't think this news really affects anyone's day to day life as it is. Do I agree with the decision? Yes. Still...I'm going to go grab some popcorn and see how my relatives react. I've already got one friend on Facebook royally offended as a Christian and blaming Obama for this blatant discrimination against Christians. *facepalm*
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