American Taliban Calls Kettle Black
If any group of people in American society deserves to be compared to the Taliban, it would have to be the fundies. After all, both groups are religious extremists who advocate the overthrow of secular law and an imposition of strict Biblical law.
One of the groups vying for the honor of top Taliban is Donald Wildmon’s American Family Association. While Donald Wildmon is slowly dying in the hospital, his son Tim has taken over the family hate duties. He sent me anemail yesterday. He is trying to whip his supporters into a frothing fundie frenzy over a Michigan town finally realizing that maybe they were unconstitutionally promoting a specific religion. Let’s have a look:
First Battle of the 2009 Christmas Culture War is here
A non-existent war existing only in the minds of the American Fundie Association for the sole purpose of getting their followers riled enough to whip out their checkbooks.
Ask the Macomb County Road Commission to rescind their order removing a privately maintained Nativity scene set at the crossroads of the city. The Christmas culture wars for 2009 have begun and ground zero is the Detroit suburb of Warren, which for 63 years has hosted a privately maintained Nativity scene set at the crossroads of the city.
It doesn’t matter whether the display is privately maintained or city funded. It’s on city land, which makes it a city endorsement of one specific religion. The only way the city of Warren could keep the nativity scene is to also open up that land for displays by other religious groups. The last time a city tried that, the fundies threw a fit and vandalized the other displays.
The Road Commission informed Satawa of its decision upon receiving a letter in December 2008 from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, which purported to act on behalf of a complainant in the city of 134,000 residents, saying the display violated the Constitution.
“Purported” to act. That’s because in culturally diverse modern America, there couldn’t possibly be a non-Christian living in a city of 134,000.
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the [Thomas Moore] Law Center, said that militant atheists attempt to do through the courts what the Taliban by force had done to Afghanistan: remove all the symbols of the country’s national heritage.
You read that right. The American Taliban is accusing someone else of being the Taliban.