April 28, 2007

Americans United Wins in Texas

According to this press release from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, there is some good news out of Texas. AU won their lawsuit over a bible display at a Texas Courthouse. And this was not just any bible display. This display "prominently featured an open Bible illuminated by neon lighting in a glass-topped case." Sounds beautiful, doesn't it?

From the press release,
By a 11-5 vote, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a legal controversy over a religious memorial outside the Harris County Civil Courthouse is moot because the display has been removed by county officials. But the judges left in place a lower court ruling that the display violates the constitutional separation of church and state.
“This is great news,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “Courthouses should dispense equal justice to all Americans, whether they are Baptists, Buddhists or Bahais. When the holy scriptures of one faith are displayed at a courthouse, that sends a clear message that one religion is favored over others.”
What does the ruling mean? What significance does it have for church-state issues?
Said Americans United Legal Director Ayesha N. Khan, “The county has now lost this case three times, first before the trial court, then before a three-judge panel of the appeals court and now before the full appeals court. At some point, a misguided political agenda must give way to fiscal responsibility.”
Yes, one would think that the taxpayers would soon tire of these ridiculous efforts to violate the Constitution.

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