Posts tagged atheism
Posts tagged atheism
The Crockpot: A Weekly Link-Digest
- A diamond is a girls’ best friend—because that’s what the diamond industry has decided.
- Ten ironic ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Example A: “Wait in the park, and when couples pass by in horse-drawn carriages, spatter them with glue, yelling, ‘No one cares where last year’s horse went, do they?!’”
- Illegal baby names from around the world.
- “You are an idiot and a disgrace.” The Believer writes about the flood of outrage that is the result of saying absolutely anything on the internet.
- Be inspired by this story of an actress who was propositioned by a famous casting director. When she refused to sleep with him, he told her “You’re never going to get anywhere in this business. You should go home and marry a Jewish dentist.” (Hint: She got somewhere.)
- Is godlessness is the last big taboo in the US?
- French parenting is like French cooking: It comes in smaller portions.
- Could cyber-gardening be the new urban-gardening?
- Factory farming is creating a new breed of hellacious superbugs.
- On the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth, Slackbridge, Gradgrind, and Jarndyce still have something to say about contemporary society and politics.
- Manufacturers have found a new way to appeal to eco-friendly consumers: Brown it.
The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors in Virginia has a nasty habit of beginning meetings with prayers explicitly referencing Jesus Christ. (That’s even worse than the typical non-denominational prayers local government officials often get away with…)
So one local resident filed a lawsuit against the city with the help of the ACLU.
The city tried to have the lawsuit dismissed, but Judge Michael F. Urbanski has denied that dismissal. The case has merit, he says.
“Every time the plaintiff attends a board meeting and comes in direct contact with an overtly Christian prayer, she experiences a recurring First Amendment injury,” Urbanski wrote in his opinion.
The injunction is not permanent, but it does order the board to stop praying until the case is settled.
“This is an important first step,” said Kent Willis, the executive director of ACLU of Virginia. “With a very strong opinion from the judge indicating that we are legally on the right track.”
There’s just one caveat to the whole thing…
If “Jane Doe” wants to proceed with the lawsuit, she has to give up her anonymity:
According to Willis, the ACLU’s next steps are to speak with the plaintiff about how to proceed. They requested she remain anonymous because of the hostile environment over the issue and because she feared for her safety if her identity were released. “Jane Doe” is a county resident who regularly attends board meetings, Willis said.
“Given the degree of anger this lawsuit has engendered in Pittsylvania County, we are disappointed that the judge did not grant request for anonymity,” said ACLU of Virginia legal director Rebecca Glenberg in a news release. “We are consulting with our client about how to best proceed.”
The ACLU can appeal the judge’s decision denying anonymity, but if “Jane Doe” does not appeal or disclose her identity, there is no plaintiff and no case, according to Willis.
Read more at Friendly Atheist
do some people just NOT understand what “separation of church and state” means?
The woman was smart to try to remain anonymous because highly religious folks of all kinds tend to be kinda rabid about it (not always but often).