I’m always of the opinion that no law, even the constitution, is going to survive if everybody wants to be an asshole. This is one of those kind of situations.
Religion is inextricably linked to our culture, and eliminating every vestige of religion would require eliminating or altering our culture. Okay, fine, so we take the whole baby Jesus part out of Christmas. But then somebody complains that leaves us with a holiday directly descended from midwinter druidic festivals; and that’s religious, so Christmas has to go entirely.
Heck, Martin Luther King was a Baptist minister who actively proselytized and explicitly stated that his motives were religious; we gotta lose MLK day, too.
Gotta redo the walls of many D.C. buildings by sandblasting off those bible verses.
Congress has to stop praying before sessions, and moreover they need to pass a law prohibiting government usage of “God bless America,” and “the Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
And what’s with the army paying for chaplains? There’s establishment of religion if I ever saw it. And the army’s Commander in Chief is always getting on TV and darn near ordering people to pray for our troops; and then he says “God Bless you” at the end of the speech. There oughta be a law…
My point is it never stops. Our culture, form 1620 on, has had a strong religious element. And while the government does have a responsibility to protect the civil rights of the non-religious, it can’t eliminate religion from the culture, and you can’t eliminate the culture from the government.
Look, I can see how someone would be ligitimately feel wronged if their kid had to sit through a school prayer every day, or that sort of thing. That’s legitimate.
But somebody who files a lawsuit to get IGWT removed? No. I highly doubt that that person is experiencing personal pain and injury every time he looks close at penny. I find it more likely that he’s someone who gets a thrill out of being a “rebel” and pain in the ass to everybody else.
Similarly, there are people who don’t seem to understand the whole concept of the civil state, and who insist on trying to do stuff that is obviously going to be inflammatory to the actively non-religious. Both sides need to, essentially, stop being jerks.
Sometimes the law needs to bow to common sense, and judges have be judicious.
“It all started with marbles in school…”