Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Wall of separation

I believe in the separation of church and state, but this is ridiculous:

The Pentagon has agreed to warn military bases worldwide that they should not directly sponsor Boy Scout troops, partially resolving claims that the government has improperly supported a group that requires members to believe in God.

The settlement, announced Monday, came in a 1999 lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, which says American military units have sponsored hundreds of Boy Scout troops.

"If our Constitution's promise of religious liberty is to be a reality, the government should not be administering religious oaths or discriminating based on religious beliefs," said ACLU lawyer Adam Schwartz.

No one is compelled to join the Boy Scouts. There are bigger battles for the ACLU to be fighting these days.


Blogger girl said...

I agree that there are bigger battles, but considering that this is a pretty significant organization (one that also discriminates against gays), I am happy to hear that their rules/policies are not being endorsed by the government.

If I ever have kids, I know that I definitely won't want my kid being told that 1.) gays are bad, and 2.) God exists.

10:37 AM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

I respect your argument. But keep in mind there are plenty of people who would prefer their children not be told that God doesn't exist.

11:37 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of unwanted Boy Scouts:

Kerry Says He's Not Ruling Out Another Run

By MARY DALRYMPLE, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Sen. John Kerry, who has $45 million left from his record-breaking Democratic campaign, hinted on Tuesday that he may try again for the presidency.

On his first workday back in the Senate since losing his White House bid, Kerry remained far from the spotlight, granting interviews to hometown reporters and joining the depleted corps of Democrats as they elected the party's new Senate leaders.

In his first extensive interview since his Nov. 2 defeat, Kerry was asked by the Fox News affiliate in Boston about running again in 2008 and reminded the questioner that Ohio is still counting votes from 2004.

He then said, "It is so premature to be thinking about something that far down the road. What I've said is I'm not opening any doors, I'm not shutting any doors." Kerry added, "If there's a next time, we'll do a better job. We'll see."

Ahem. Anonymous Guy says, "ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR F-ING MOONBAT MIND?"

Hillary, Bill, shut the freakin' door for him, and us, now! Stop this madness before it starts! Please don't inflict this turd of a candidate on the American people again.

Other note: He has $45 million left? What in the *&$##@ was the DNC doing? Using it to fight the deficit? SPEND IT BEFORE NOV. 5, Terry M!

12:51 PM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

Astounding. Maybe if they had done something, anything, between the end of the primaries and the convention, the outcome might have been different. Of course, a political party this incompetent perhaps doesn't deserve to govern.

1:07 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It gets worse. AP updated copy:

"Kerry also met with his policy staff to talk about health care, energy and other legislation that might build on themes from his campaign.

Not since George McGovern lost a bid for the presidency in 1972 has a senator returned to the Senate as a defeated presidential candidate, according to the Senate Historical Office."

A fitting comparison. Thanks for nothing, Flubs.

Anonymous Guy prediction: With Kerry's deft policy hand guiding the Democrats on health care and energy, I fully expect the nation to be completely dependent on foreign fossil fuels by next year, a paradox matched only by the revocation of the Patients' Bill of Rights, a nix on HMO regulations and steep decreases in the federal rural health program.

Ahhh, we could've had a Wellness Department AND Teresa as a special ambassador to Insania.

Oh well.

3:37 PM


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