I am a pretty staunch supporter of the separation of church and state, as you might imagine given that I am an atheist, and I’m often questioned as to why I make such a big deal about it. I usually end up pointing the questioner to a recent news article like this one wherein a blatant endorsement of Christianity by local government has been allowed for years until someone finally decides to challenge it in court. In yet another case of a display of the Ten Commandments being someplace where it entirely does not belong for entirely too long, the courts have agreed that said display is unconstitutional and ordered its removal. The fine officials of Chester County in Pennsylvania have decided it’s a worthwhile expenditure of tax payer money to appeal the decision and while the appeal is being heard, the judge has ordered that the disputed plaque be covered until a final determination on whether it is allowed to stay or has to be removed is made.
This seems to me to be a reasonable compromise until the appeal can be ruled upon. Naturally, reason has no part in this story. A fair number of Christians showed up to protest the covering of the plaque and just generally get in the way and make such ridiculous statements as:
“I’ll sleep here,” said Shirley Kilby Reese, 37, of West Chester. “I’m staying here until that cover is gone. I’m outraged.”
All because some folks feel the need to force their religious views onto the rest of their fellow citizens. Not surprisingly the person responsible for filing the lawsuit has already received a number of phone calls threatening her with various forms of bodily harm which, of course, is exactly what Jesus would do if he were still around to do it. Think about that for a second, my snide comment aside, there are people out there threatening to harm and even KILL someone because they filed a lawsuit to have a plaque with the words THOU SHALL NOT KILL removed from a courthouse wall. Does anyone else see the hypocrisy in that line of thinking? These people don’t need the Ten Commandments mounted on a courthouse wall, they need them mounted onto their foreheads so they won’t forget the rules they want everyone else to live by.