A federal court ruled Wednesday that Congress can continue to open its sessions each day with a prayer, and upheld the House’s ability to pick and choose who’s allowed to lead the prayer. U.S. District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer, a Bush appointee who sits in Washington, D.C., rejected a challenge by Daniel Barker, co-president of Freedom From Religion Foundation, who said he was not permitted to give an opening invocation, even though other guest chaplains have been permitted. Judge Collyer said House rules didn’t permit him to lead the prayer because he had left his faith. Judge Collyer also said an opening prayer has been a tradition in this country for more than two centuries, and the Supreme Court has ruled it doesn’t violate the Establishment Clause. “To decide that Mr. Barker was discriminated against and should be permitted to address the House would be to disregard the Supreme Court precedent that permits legislative prayer,” Judge Collyer wrote in her opinion on Wednesday. Mr. Barker said her ruling was tainted by personal bias against nonreligious people. “The judge’s acquiescence in this inequity sends a crystal clear message that our government, founded upon our entirely secular Constitution, may discriminate with impunity against atheists and freethinkers,” he said. But House Speaker Paul D. Ryan applauded the ruling. “Since the first session of the Continental Congress, our nation’s legislature has opened with a prayer to God. Today, that tradition was upheld and the freedom to exercise religion was vindicated,” said Mr. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican. He added the return of Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise, Louisiana Republican, who was shot earlier this year by a left wing zealot, reminded Congress of the power of prayer.
Indeed.. This ruling was spot on, and with precedent from the Supreme Court. This idiot from FFRF got slapped down, and rightfully so. This is a small, yet important, victory for religious freedom, and for freedom of speech. As we’ve documented on numerous occasions here at The Daily Buzz… The whole notion of a “separation of church and state” is bs. There is no such thing. That phrase originated in a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the members of a church where he raised the idea in a philosophical sense. That’s it. Nowhere in our founding legal documents (i.e. The U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, etc.) is that phrase found. Our founders intended freedom OF religion; NOT freedom FROM religion. Kudos to Judge Collyer for her spot-on analysis, and excellent ruling!
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is attacking a public Christmas display, this time targeting a small, Louisiana town’s nativity scene. At the Grant Parish Courthouse sits a traditional nativity scene with the Virgin Mary and the child Christ. The nativity scene was a tradition in the area until the ACLU voiced opposition to the display. In a letter to the Grant Parish Police Jury, the ACLU of New Orleans said “the constitution doesn’t allow such a scene in isolation,” writing that a secular Christmas display must sit beside the nativity scene. Grant Parish District Attorney Jay Lemoine pushed back against the ACLU’s letter, telling KALB News “It seems these days it is typical for everyone to rush to want to be offended.” Lemoine said the courthouse already has a secular display, a Christmas tree, inside the building. “The offense would be if the religious symbols were taken out of Christmas,” Lemoine continued. The letter was then openly mocked by one anonymous resident who positioned a box with a piece of paper attached that had the words “Secular Display” on it, accompanied by pictures of Santa Claus and a reindeer. As for the coming years, Lemoine made it clear that Grant Parish would not be bowing the guidelines of political correctness, saying “We are going to maintain this display through Christmas and I’m sure next year we will put up another display.” Most recently, an Indiana town was pressured to remove a cross from the top of their Christmas tree after the ACLU attacked the public display, as Breitbart News reported. Protesters in the town retaliated by standing around the town’s Christmas tree holding wooden crosses, slamming the area’s city council for caving to the ACLU.
More anti-Christian, anti-Christmas politically correct bs being imposed on small town America by the bullies at the ACLU; this time in Louisiana.. We applaud the good people of Grant Parish who are telling the ACLU what to do with itself, and we support their actual First Amendment right to display a nativity site…yes…on their county courthouse grounds. After all, absolutely NOWHERE in the U.S. Constitution, or the Bill of Rights, is there ANY language whatsoever to remotely suggest that the display of a nativity scene “in isolation” is unconstitutional. That is insane, and factually false. But, when people haven’t been taught American Civics they buy into such lies..
Christmas in the Lone Star state has no greater defender than Attorney General Ken Paxton. So when he read my column about a middle school in Killeen that tried to censor the true meaning of Christmas, he decided it was time to jingle somebody’s bells. A staffer at Patterson Middle School was told she had to remove a poster depicting a scene from the cherished holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The door-length poster featured Linus, a scrawny tree and that beautiful recitation of the true meaning of Christmas. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior which is Christ the Lord. That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown,” Linus said. Dedra Shannon’s poster was well-received among the staff and students – but a few days later she was told by the principal that she should either have to remove the religious references or remove the entire poster. Linus could stay but the Baby Jesus had to go. “She said my poster is an issue of separation of church and state,” Ms. Shannon told me. “She said the poster had to come down because it might offend kids from other religions or those who do not have a religion.” Ms. Shannon refused to compromise her religious beliefs and ultimately removed the poster. “I wasn’t going to leave Linus and the Christmas tree without having the dialogue. That’s the whole point of why it was put up.” The incident proves that public school tolerance can only be achieved by being intolerant towards Christians. But it turns out the principal may have inadvertently broken the 2013 “Merry Christmas” law. That law stipulates no school official in Texas can silence a Biblical reference to Christmas. “I am proud to have voted for the Merry Christmas law in 2013, when I was a member of the legislature,” Paxton said. “We passed that law precisely because of this type of discrimination against people of faith.” Paxton minced no words in describing what happened in that hallway at Patterson Middle School. “This is an attack on religious liberty and a violation of the First Amendment and state law,” he said. “I am calling on the school board of the Killeen ISD to immediately reverse their unlawful decision.”
Excellent!! It’s about flippin time someone fought back against the politically correct anti-Christmas fascism that is so prevalent in education today. Liberal educators (and the teachers unions) like to hide behind a lie; a so-called “separation of church and state.” There is no such thing! Every time someone brings that up, I toss them a copy of the Constitution and all the Amendments (I always have a copy handy), and ask them to show me where such language exists. Of course, it’s nowhere in our founding documents. That phrase was taken from a personal letter from Thomas Jefferson to a church congregation where he opined that such a thing might be a good idea. That’s it! That phrase was taken from a personal letter. It has NO legal authority. And, to be clear, our founders NEVER intended religion (especially Christianity) to be removed from discourse in our schools. Freedom OF religion does not mean freedom FROM religion. BIG difference. And yet, that’s what liberals hide behind today…so as to purge discussion of Christianity from our schools. Anyway, kudos to the AG of Texas for fighting back…and thanks to Todd Starnes for bringing this story to our attention. To read the rest, click on the text above. This is a follow up to the story we posted a couple days ago (scroll down about 8 articles).