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UPDATE: Religious License Plates Ruled Unconstitutional

In church/state, Culture Wars, editorial, religion, updates on November 11, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Story from The Associated Press

Remember when Florida and South Carolina decided that Christian themed license plates were a good idea? After all, what is a better medium to announce your beliefs (as long as they are Christian) than a license plate? Luckily, the plates were held up with an injunction earlier this year after several secular groups sued.

Well, the matter finally had its day in court, with great results. Not only did U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie say that plates where unconstitutional, in her ruling the judge blasted the defense.

… [To] gain legislative approval of a specialty plate promoting the majority religion: Christianity. Whether motivated by sincerely held Christian beliefs or an effort to purchase political capital with religious coin, the result is the same. The statute is clearly unconstitutional and defense of its implementation has embroiled the state in unnecessary (and expensive) litigation.

Judge Currie got it exactly right. This is another blatant attempt by politicians (and the state) to cash in on the peoples’ religion, and for some, to proselytize. Sure, religious establishments make money hand over fist exploiting their flock, but the state has no business or legal right to do the same.

Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, who endorsed the evolution denying Mike Huckabee for President, was the driving force behind the plates. He, like all theists, predictably tried to play the victim. Blaming liberals for his judicial defeat, the idiot Bauer coughed up this gem:

“I don’t expect anything different from a liberal judge who was appointed by Bill Clinton, if she wants to single me out, so be it.”

Adding:

“[The ruling] once again shows how liberal judges are not just interpreting the law but making legislation.”

This quote raises some obvious questions: How stupid can one be and still be Lt. Governor of South Carolina? How ignorant can one be of U.S. history and law and still get elected (See: Sarah Palin)? I mean, Bauer has to have read the first amendment, right? Is he familiar with the idea of a legal precedence? Hell, does he know what precedence means? What is more, I fail to see how Judge Currie’s ruling is “just interpreting the law but making legislation”.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

That is pretty hard to misinterpret, don’t you think Mr. Bauer? Indeed, it’s very clear. Face it kooks, religion has had no place in state, and hasn’t since the founding. This is, and never has been a Christian nation.

Fundie groups are already planning to skirt the law.

Within hours, a private Christian group said the ruling doesn’t stand in the way of its “plan B” to get a similar plate issued using a state law that permits private groups to issue tags they design.

[…]

But the Palmetto Family Council will try to get the tags on the cars faster. The council registered “I Believe” as a group’s name with the South Carolina Secretary of State in March as the license tag case simmered on Currie’s docket.

“This is day one for that process,” said Oran Smith, the council’s president. “If we meet all the requirements, which I hope we would as an organization, we would certainly want to move forward very quickly with our own ‘I Believe’ tag.”

And the Culture War continues.

Update: "Too Westernized" Daughter Dies After Two Weeks in Coma

In religion, religion of peace, updates, Violence, womens' issues on November 3, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Twenty year old Noor Faleh Almaleki, who was run over by her father in Phoenix for being too westernized, has died.

Via The Telegraph:

At a court hearing in Phoenix, Stephanie Low, prosecuting, said Almaleki had admitted to the crime.

“By his own admission, this was an intentional act and the reason was that his daughter had brought shame on him and his family,” Mrs Low said.

“This was an attempt at an honour killing.”

Family members told police that Almaleki attacked his daughter because he believed she was not living according to his traditional Iraqi values.

They said he became infuriated when his daughter married a man in Iraq but then decided to live with her boyfriend and his mother in Arizona.

Religion claims another victim, Noor Faleh Almaleki.

Update: Man Who Ran Over "Too Westernized" Daughter Caught

In religion, religion of peace, updates, Violence, womens' issues on October 30, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Related: AZ Man Ran Over His Daughter for Rejecting Iraqi “Values”

Story via ABC News:

A 10-day manhunt ended when police arrested an Iraqi immigrant accused of running over his 20-year-old daughter to punish her for becoming “too Westernized” and rebuffing the conservative ways he valued.

Faleh Hassan Almaleki, 48, fled from Peoria, Ariz on Oct. 20. He was arrested by U.S. marshalls in Atalanta when he arrived at the airport there, according to the Associated Press.

His daugher Noor Faleh Almaleki, 20, remains hospitalized in critical condition after her father hit the young woman and her boyfriend’s mother with his Jeep Cherokee on Oct. 20 in the parking lot of theDepartment of Economic Development in Peoria.

Noor Faleh Almaleki is in “life-threatening condition,” Peoria Police spokesman Mike Tellef told ABCNews.com last week soon after the incident.

Good Rush Cartoon

In Culture Wars, kooks, politics, racists, sports, updates on October 15, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Even though he won’t be getting the team, this is still pretty funny.

More on Rush and the NFL:

Update: The Nation Skewers Limbaugh

Rush, Politics, and the NFL

The NFL Should Reject Rush

Update: The Nation Skewers Limbaugh

In Culture Wars, hate, kooks, politics, racists, sports, updates on October 14, 2009 at 8:21 pm

The Nation’s Dave Zirin responds to Rush Limbaugh calling him ‘scum’. This is an update from a previous post.

Full Story at The Nation

Limbaugh said of us:

They are the ones with prejudice and bigotry coursing through their vanes [sic], through their hearts, and through their souls. They are consumed with jealousy and rage. They are all liberals–and make no mistake: That’s what this is about. It is about ideology. It isn’t about race. It’s about their being jealous and attempting to discredit me, and they’ve now sunk to the low of repeating fabricated quotes that they cannot source…. These people are scum.

What we all did was carry a quote from Limbaugh that he absolutely insists he did not say. The quote is:

We didn’t have slavery in this country for over 100 years because it was a bad thing. Quite the opposite: slavery built the South. I’m not saying we should bring it back; I’m just saying it had its merits. For one thing, the streets were safer after dark.

For all the dittoheads out there, here is how we came up with the quote: it was in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Detroit Free Press, the Washington Post, and in the book 101 People Who Are Really Screwing America by Jack Huberman. It has been out in the ether for years. Now that it is endangering his chances to become an NFL owner, Limbaugh is serving up a full heaping of indignation.

Octomom Update

In octomom, stupid people, updates on August 13, 2009 at 9:20 pm

World’s Most Irresponsible Mother Back in the News

Octomom Nadya Suleman admits she “never” thought about the future and airs her deep regret for her latest round of multiple births in an interview that will air on Fox during a two-hour special, ‘Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage,’ on August 19.

“I screwed myself,” she said. “I screwed up my life, I screwed up my kids’ lives…What was I thinking?”

The second clip contains footage of eight screaming babies writhing around on Suleman’s bed as she attempts to feed them with only two arms.

(Via Huffington Post)

North Carolina Avoids Texas Status

In Culture Wars, updates on June 23, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Pro-Bullying Caucus Defeated, Barely

Update from yesterday: On a mostly party line vote of 59-57 the NC senate approved the so-called Anti-bullying bill. Christians and the political right had teamed up (again) to try and block the bill that would protect gay (or perceived to be gay) students from bullying and harassment at school. The law in NC already protects children from every other walk of life, however, sexual orientation has always been excluded from the language.

Good for you North Carolina, my friend Dan can hold his head slightly higher today.

UPDATE: Texas Child Dies from Head Shot

In guns, Texas, updates, Violence on May 9, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Story from MSNBC.com

Story was originally posted last night.

A 7-year-old boy who was allegedly shot in the head by a couple who thought he and three other people were trespassing on their property died Saturday, authorities said.

More murder charges in Texas.