Friday, May 18, 2007

The ACLU Rears its ugly head

The Beaumont Enterprise reports that the ACLU has filed its fifth religion based lawsuit in 13 years against the same school district. In a nutshell:

The lawsuit was filed in federal court on behalf of the parents of a fifth-grader at Loranger Middle School in Tangipahoa Parish, who were upset that Gideons Bibles were being given to students on school property during class hours.

"School officials in Tangipahoa Parish habitually show disdain for the Constitution, while disrespecting the right of parents, who happen to be Catholic in this case, to choose the religious tradition in which to raise their children," said Joe Cook, the ACLU executive director for Louisiana.

Given the way that courts have done their level best to legislate religion out of the public schools it is refreshing to see people fight back. On the other hand, if it had been me, I probably would have put them on a table and invited the students to take one if they wanted to. That probably would not have raised the ire of the ACLU, although just about anything does these days.


  1. Anonymous1:53 PM

    As long as your table containing religious text was located off of campus that would be a great idea. The only "ugly head" that has been reared is that parish's contempt for our nation's constitution. They have removed the student's free will to decide on a personal matter and taught them nothing about constitutional rights. Tis a sad day for education.

  2. Agreed. The title of the post was probably in error and reflects my general animosity to the ACLU. Thanks for the whack.