Scrutinizing the Value of Charlie Butts
There is none. Next question!
Actually, the above title came to me while reading his latest column at OneNeuronNow, “Scrutinizing the Value of Public Prayer”. Apparently Mr. Butts just sits as his desk waiting for press releases by fundie groups and then refashions them into “articles”. Pretty sweet gig. Most people can’t get away with doing no actual work while at work. Charlie Butts is the Wally of OneNeuronNow. He must spend seven and a half hours a day roaming the halls of ONN, carrying his coffee cup. He probably doesn’t even try to look busy. Then at 4:45, he goes back to his desk, checks his email, and then refashions one of them into an article.
In an ironic twist, I will now expend more work shredding his article, than he expended to write it.
A Virginia school board is deciding whether mentioning Jesus is okay in prayers at the beginning of meetings.
No, it’s not.
I could quit now and still be ahead of Charlie in productivity for the day. But I want to outperform Charlie’s entire week’s output, so I’ll keep going.
Because of objections from one citizen, the Stafford County School Board is now conducting a moment of silence.
Oh, the tyranny of the minority! What is an evil non-Christian doing in God-loving Stafford County?
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel understands the situation, but believes something can be done.
Mat Staver also believes that the First Amendment actually says “Congress shall make a law respecting an establishment of religion…”
“The situation at the Stafford County School Board illustrates how things happen even without a court battle — where essentially sometimes these government officials give in because of one person objecting, or perhaps the ACLU sending a bogus letter…”
No, I’m pretty sure the ACLU sends out actual letters. I’ve seen them. They’re printed on real paper and everything!
“…with smoke and mirrors rather than based on the actual law,” he notes.
This one has me stumped. There is so little actual information in Charlie Butts’ article that I can’t discern what Mat is truly arguing here. Apparently, he’s saying that you only have to look at the legal code to find out what’s permissible. He’s completely ignoring the effects of case law. Mat’s a lawyer, so I doubt he’s that ignorant. I know fundies hate the so-called “activist judges” (you know, the ones who have actually read the Constitution), but just because they hate a decision doesn’t mean they can ignore it. Is Mat truly that reckless that he’s recommending this? There’s a saying that free advice is worth what you pay for it. In this case, it’s worth less than that. Any school board following Mat’s advice is likely to end up with some steep legal fees and fines.
Liberty Counsel provides education in situations like this…
Sounds more like miseducation to me.
…and when necessary, free legal assistance.
Do they also pay all of the fines when you lose?
“Obviously we want to make sure that they understand what the law is…”
That way there will be somebody in the room who does.
“…and the law is very clear that you can have these prayers either before school board meetings or before other council meetings or before legislative gatherings,” Staver adds.
Really, Mat? Please tell me where it says that! And I mean a law that has been tested in court, not one of your legal landmines that’s just waiting for some school board (operating under bad legal advice) to step on.
“That has been the long history and tradition of our country from the very beginning.”
Along with our long history and traditions of slavery and prohibiting women from voting.
Liberty Counsel is contacting Stafford officials to offer assistance.
Run! Run away! Save yourselves and your taxpayers!