Wish I'd said that!

In recent decades, the ACLU has used its so-called "wall" to fight tooth and nail to prevent government sponsorship of the Pledge of Allegiance, memorial crosses, Ten Commandments displays, nativity scenes, Bible displays, and virtually every other acknowdgement of America's religious heritage.

At the same time, it is worthwhile to note that there have been some instances in which the ACLU has endorsed public displays of religion. For example, When New York City Mayor Rudi Giuliani threatened to cut taxpayer funding from the Brooklyn Museum of Art for displaying a painting of the Virgin Mary with cow dung and pictures of female sexual organs pasted all over her body, the ACLU was first in line to defend the display. U.S. District Court Judge Nina Gershon ruled that New York City's elected officials were not allowed to place conditions on the museum's funding.

In another instance, the ACLU offered its support to the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts, after the agency sponsored an art show featuring "Piss Christ" - an exhibit consisting of a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine.

In the ACLU's myopic world, it appears that the only permissible publicly-funded displays of religion are those which blatantly mock or disparage the Christian faith.

-- Indefensible: 10 Ways the ACLU is Destroying America, Sam Kastensmidt, 2006

Friday, February 19, 2010


It's amazing how history so often seems to attempt to balance things out over time, at least in this country (could it be due to that "God bless America" thing?).  After decades of Leftist/Progressive dominance of the culture, we seem to be in the midst of a swing back; if not to the Right, at least to the Center.  May I add; I certainly hope so.

In case you've had a lapse of attention, things haven't been going so well for the dedicated Left recently. The environuts are going spastic over the revelation of a flurry of reports of lies, half-truths and data manipulations regarding their favorite ecotastrophe. Among the latest heresies is a British media report citing that there has been no global warming since 1995.  As if that weren't bad enough for them, the UN's top climate official has resigned, and several major corporations are pulling out of the US Climate Action Partnership.

New York's junior Senator Kirsten Gillebrand is drawing fire over plans to join a forum with self-avowed communist and former Obama environmental czar Van Jones, who admitted to being a "9-11 truther" (believing that the Bush administration participated in the 9-11 attacks). Such a collaboration is sure to put even more strain on her upstate constituency, which is generally more conservative than the more liberal urbanites.

It's becoming clearer that the stimulus plan is a monumental bust, and the greatest accomplishment (from the Left's perspective) will be when the two-thirds of the money that hasn't been spent yet will go to grease the way for the upcoming Democrat campaign season. I seem to recall that those hundreds of billions of dollars they printed were supposed to make "shovel-ready" jobs. Yeah; not so much. We're still at over 10%unemployment, government doesn't seem serious on saving American jobs, more businesses are threatened with extinction or relocation offshore, and worse things may be coming. How's that 'Hope and Change" working for you?

Meanwhile, the conservative (small 'c') movement is resurgent in an increasing number of venues. The Conservative Union's annual C-PAC convention is taking place as I write this, with guest speakers ranging from a 14-year-old prodigy and conservative author Jonathan Krohn to keynote speaker Glenn Beck. Petitions are popping up, including the Mount Vernon Statement and the Oathkeepers' Declaration of Orders, which is geared toward reminding those in uniform that immoral orders are illegal orders. The focus of these various statements is to refocus our attention on the values and foundational principles that Americans have traditionally honored, if not always personally adhered to.

Parting shots.  The heavy Left side of the news is always quick on the draw to accuse conservatives of being latent terrorists. They're already scrambling to associate suicidal pilot Joe Stack with conservative movements like the Tea Parties, although his "manifesto" is a mishmash of ideologies and excuses for his own failures and misfortunes, with more of a leftward slant. There is always plenty of lunacy lurking out there, and it crosses all lines; but at least the news on the Right will generally try to give it to you straight.

Somehow, though, I don't think you'll hear about this in the lamestream media; but it's been reported that the Alabama University killer - Amy Bishop - is an Obama-loving radical leftist. In addition to shooting her own brother to death and skating away 20 years ago, she also tried to bomb a professor who was evaluating her doctorate work in 1993. I wonder if she had a crush on Bill Clinton at the time.

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