Wednesday, March 23, 2011
A Little Help
This is pretty funny.
The European Court of Human Rights recently reversed itself and permitted crucifix displays in public schools and courtrooms in Italy.
The European Centre for Law and Justice, a branch of TV preacher Pat Robertson’s American Center for Law and Justice, as well as the Alliance Defense Fund, had filed briefs urging the court to permit the crucifixes and have hailed the ruling.
One little problem.
The Italian Federation of Evangelical Churches called the ruling “a decision that does not fully realize a secular state” and “baggage from a society dominated by Catholic culture.”
Added the evangelical churches, “Crucifixes will continue to be present in schoolrooms and courtrooms, but for the minorities who won religious and civil rights 150 years ago, such as the evangelical churches, these crosses do not convey a common sense of belonging.”
As Rob Boston points out:
So, the ACLJ and the ADF are celebrating a court ruling that elevates a majority faith and actually takes away the rights of minority evangelicals. These Religious Right zealots are so obsessed with opposing secular government they’re willing to throw their own coreligionists under the church bus. Yet, both groups expect us to believe that they don’t want religious majority rule in America.
In which case, that diagram may help.
I recall a quip someone once made on t.o: a Mormon in Utah and a Baptist in Alabama don't really see the point of all this fuss about secularism. But make those guys trade addresses, and they get the point PDQ.
And they don't even have to go so far as Italy!