Thursday, September 15, 2005

Religious Tolerance; Win Some, Lose Some

The mayor and town council of Ramah, CO, apologized to the pagan group who will be holding a festival at the American Legion hall October 30.

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No link, but David Habecker, an agnostic city council member in Estes Park, CO, was recalled for refusing to recite the pledge of allegiance at the commencement of meetings. He is suing, as the pledge is an unconstitutional endorsement of religion and was used as a "religious test" for him to hold public office. The U. S. Justice Department does not back Habecker.

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Meanwhile, in another state, a federal judge has ruled that the words "under God" make the Pledge an unconsitutional endorsement of religion. Michael Newdow wins this round, as the families he represented do have standing.

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