The Supreme Court is debating Ten Commandment displays today.
“If an atheist walks by, he can avert his eyes,” Justice Anthony Kennedy (news – web sites) said in a courtroom filled with spectators, many of whom could be seen glancing at the court’s frieze of Moses carrying the tablets.
Wow. This opens up some avenues, doesn’t it? Public decency laws are out; if someone flashes some kids on the steet it’s not a crime, they can avert their eyes! The FCC can’t regulate the content of broadcast TV, because you can just turn it off. Vandalism is ok now, just don’t look at your graffiti covered window and it isn’t there!
I propose we put a statue of Bertrand Russell holding a sign saying “Christianity is wrong” in a courthouse. The Christians can just avert their eyes.
Banning the Texas display might “show hostility to religion,” he said.
Riiiiight. When did neutrality become hostility?
“It’s a profoundly religious message, but it’s a profoundly religious message believed in by a vast majority of the American people,” Scalia said.
It seems to me that statement should scare the hell out of anyone who believes in republican principles. I’m fairly sure the majority isn’t supposed to be able to trample the rights of the minority. That statement is awfully close to that idea.