Thursday, December 20, 2007

Mayors gone wild!

The ever illuminating Illusory Tenant has some choice observations about the Green Bay City Council nativity scene debacle. They note that the Mayor, heeding advice from The Liberty Council, has decided to follow the so-called "plastic reindeer" rule and attempt to make the creche more kosher* by placing "secular" holiday symbols next to it: a Christmas tree and reindeer.

The Liberty Council, it should be noted, is a non-profit "litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of human life and the traditional family," so it doesn't take much brain power to figure out what their angle and bias might be.

According to a comment in yesterday's post about this whole thing, Mayor Schmitt gave an interview with WPR last night: "When asked if Hindus or Buddhists asked to put up a display there, he said that he wouldn't let them. And he gave the lamest excuse - it's what the community wanted. So, if the community wants the government to give preference to one religion above all others, he has no problem violating the establishment clause."

Seems like a pretty spineless move on the part of the mayor. Not to mention stupid.

*poor choice of words fully intended.

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