Est. May 2008

22 June, 2014

Conniption Fit Countdown


This could prove to be interesting:
A federal appeals court said this week that an atheist group trying to keep the so-called Ground Zero Cross out of the National September 11 Memorial Museum must better explain how displaying the artifact is “offensive” and violates members’ constitutional rights.
The atheists have until 14 July to show ‘how how the offensiveness of the cross, which the plaintiffs view as a Christian symbol for all 9-11 victims, becomes a “constitutional injury”', how feeling marginalized by the presence of the cross is ‘a “particular and concrete injury" compared to just “the abstract stigmatization of atheists generally”’, and to ‘substantiate their claim the museum and Sept. 11 memorial are getting taxpayer dollars’.

So now, it’s up to American Atheists to figure out how to translate hurt feelings into broken laws.  I wish them good luck, but as Eric Baxter, attorney for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, puts it:
“Taking personal offense is not an injury that warrants invoking the power of the courts to shut down everything you disagree with … The Constitution is not a personal tool for censoring everyone’s beliefs but your own.”

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