Re: North Carolina May Declare Official State Religion Under New Bill
posted at 4/5/2013 3:06 PM EDT
In response to WhatDoYouWantNow's comment:
In response to StalkingButler's comment:
I think you're starting to understand the point the NC legislators were trying to make.
Indeed, but as I explained on the last page, they picked a pretty daft subject to try to make the point about....
They have wiggle room challenging restrictive gun laws. They don't challenging incorporation of the 1st.
Agreed, it is futile to claim states can ignore federal court interpretations of the First Amendment.
Unfortunately, it is usually futile also for a small county's local official to challenge the big bad ACLU, on its antireligious jihad mission to intimidate and harass Christians...
Local counties dont have the money or legal talent to hire to challenge the intimidation tactics of the ACLU. So likely they will have to acquiesce. Another nail in the coffin for religious freedom.
There is no direct Supreme Court case saying a county official cant say a prayer to open a meeting ....but the ACLU doesnt care, it is out to muzzle religious freedom.
A recent California case held, “a Bishop’s single reference to Jesus in an invocation did not amount to a violation of the Establishment Clause (of the First Amendment). The Court found that public prayers are legal if they do not “proselytize, advance, or disparage one religion or affiliate government with a particular faith.”
Two citizens had sued the City of Lancaster after one pastor used the name of Jesus in a public prayer. The case went to the Court of Appeals. The judges said they “saw nothing in the record or in the prayer policy to indicate that the City had affiliated itself with Christianity.”