Perhaps the ACLU might try to show us some commitment to principle? Or is that not possible?
The ACLU is mad at the Oklahoma governor.
According to Tulsa World, “Gov. Mary Fallin, monument unmoved by Supreme Court’s Ten Commandments ruling.”
Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday said the Ten Commandments monument will stay at the Capitol despite a court ruling that said it violated the state Constitution and must be removed.
Fallin said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to reconsider its 7-2 decision, which was handed down last week after a challenge by the ACLU of Oklahoma on behalf of three plaintiffs.
In addition, lawmakers have filed legislation to let people vote on whether to remove a portion of the state Constitution cited in the ruling. Article II, Section 5 of the constitution reads:
“No public money or property shall ever be appropriated, applied, donated, or used, directly or indirectly, for the use, benefit, or support of any sect, church, denomination, or system of religion, or for the use, benefit, or support of any priest, preacher, minister, or other religious teacher or dignitary, or sectarian institution as such,” according to the Oklahoma Constitution.
Here is the ACLU’s response:
“[Oklahoma Governor Mary] Fallin does not get to enforce the laws of the ‘hypothetical future,'” said Ryan Kiesel, ACLU of Oklahoma executive director. She is charged with enforcing the law as it exists today, he said.
“The Supreme Court did not give any leeway in their opinion. The bipartisan, seven-member majority did not say remove the monument except if you look into your crystal ball and think the law might allow it at some point in the future and go ahead and keep it, ” Kiesel said. “The court said remove the monument.'”
Wait for it… .
But, Mr. Kiesel… Governor Fallin has a pen and a phone… and I haven’t seen you or any of your ACLU friends getting all huffy at the President in the last six years of his rampant and non-stop lawlessness. In fact, I hear there’s a freshly dead woman in San Francisco (to pick one example among hundreds!!) because of the President’s failure to obey courts and uphold “the law as it exists today.”
Either demonstrate some consistency or please shut the heck up!
Personally, I’d prefer a partner in seeking consistency and the Rule of Law–none of us should tolerate lawless executives, even when their decisions support something of which we approve.
Then again, with lawless and incoherent courts rendering incomprehensible decisions with no basis in fact or history… I guess we’d all better buckle in, because we’re hosed.
P.S. For those who think this means that there should also be a statue of Satan or some pagan deity also allowed on the courthouse: There is no equivalence. American law philosophy was not in any sense based on the laws and assumptions of Satanism, Hinduism, Islam, or any other religious principle than Biblical Christianity. None of those man-made religions would ever have granted us any semblance of freedom, and it’s a sad tragedy that pagans who are so gleeful to banish God have no idea the Hell they’re unleashing as they uproot such presuppositions from our land.
Celebrate now, because that sense of sweetness is quickly going to turn to ashes in your mouths. That’s what paganism does.