Thursday, January 27, 2005
Agape round-up: Hammer-mobile
'JOHN316' License Plate Deep-Sixed by State Agency
A Vermont man has sued that state's Department of Motor Vehicles after his application to have a personalized license plate with a Christian message was rejected. ...
"The state of Vermont has created a forum whereby they allow people to make expression within this license plate forum," the attorney says. "But they said if you happen to have a religious perspective, a Christian perspective, then you need not apply. They're discriminating as to what sort of speech people can put on the license plate -- and I think that's very troubling." ...
"When officials suppress speech because they don't like the message of the plate or the viewpoint it expresses, that's illegal discrimination," he says.
Quick, to the courts!
Odd, isn't it, that everyone gets to express what they want except Christians? It would be odd, if it were true. But, of course, it's not. Vermont Statute Title 23 Section 304 bars license plates that are "vulgar, derogatory, profane, racial epithets, scatological or obscene". Makes sense. The same section bars messages that connote "breast, genitalia, pubic area, or buttocks or relate to sexual or eliminatory functions. Additionally, "69" formats are prohibited unless used in combination with the vehicle make, for example, '69 CHEV.'" That's specific. The statute bars reference to "any illicit drug, narcotic, intoxicant, or related paraphernalia". Here's the kicker, though. Also barred are "Combinations of letters or numbers that refer, in any language, to a race, religion, color, deity, ethnic heritage, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, or political affiliation".
I hope the Vermont man wins his right to free expression. I'll need the precedent for to put "GOD69ME" on the Hammer-mobile.
New Studies Say Teens May Be Hardwired for Religion
One of the biggest modern parenting mistakes, he said, is: "Not conveying to your child -- through both actions and words -- the moral, ethical, and spiritual values you believe in (or not having moral, ethical, and spiritual values in the first place)."
Says who? Both Hammer Sisters are hard-core nihilists; neither one has yet to rob a liquor store. (To be fair, both have a sharp belief in personal property rights. That'll be eliminated in due time.)
Scalia Encourages the Foolish Church
Addressing the Knights of Columbus Council 969 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Scalia said that belief in biblical Christianity is, well, foolish. "For the son of God to be born of a virgin? I mean, really. To believe that He rose from the dead and bodily ascended into heaven? How utterly ridiculous. To believe in miracles? Or that those who obey God will rise from the dead and those who do not will burn in hell?
"God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools ... and he has not been disappointed ...."
To believe that a jurist can be impartial when ruling on cases involving his duck-hunting buddies? Absurd!
And, straight from the folks who don't believe in science, comes this
Senator Sam Brownback is also busy on the pro-life front. On Wednesday (January 26), he introduced legislation that recognizes the scientific evidence that unborn babies experience severe pain when aborted....Under the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (S. 51), those abortion clinics would also have to offer anesthesia for the baby before the abortion.
I don't have anything clever to add, but it's a good excuse to link to the Good General