It’s that time of year again, when trees are blooming and legislators give a sop to their constituents, trying to make believe that their version of Christianity is the state religion of Pennsylvania and the US. Last year it was the nonsense about the “Year of the Bible”, which I posted about here, and here, . Now we have more stealing of money from taxpayers in order to bother people about religion.
As Judge Christopher Conner said in his rebuke to the “Year of the Bible” nonsense:
“However, the court’s determination that the defendants engaged in a “legislative act” for purposes of immunity should not be viewed as judicial endorsement of this resolution. It most certainly is not.
At best, H.R. 535 is a benign attempt to reaffirm the underlying principles of the Reagan proclamation of 1983. At worst, it is premeditated pandering designed to provide a reelection sound bite for use by members of the General Assembly. But regardless of the motivation behind H.R. 535, its express language is proselytizing and exclusionary (e.g., “ Renewing our knowledge of and faith in God through holy scripture can strengthen us as a nation and a people”).
The court is compelled to shine a clear, bright light on this resolution because it pushes the Establishment Clause envelope behind the safety glass of legislative immunity. That it passed unanimously is even more alarming.
This judicial rebuke of the resolution is not intended to impugn the religious beliefs of any citizen. To the contrary, the court’s disapprobation is directed to the blatant use of legislative resources in contravention of the spirit – if not the letter – of the Establishment Clause. At a time when the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania faces massive public policy challenges, these resources would be far better utilized in meaningful legislative efforts for the benefit all of the citizens of the Commonwealth, regardless of their religious beliefs.” – Case No. 1:12-cv-536 decision
I wonder if the good judge knows that these idiots have basically said “Fuck you.” in the new resolutions.
Now, House resolutions don’t really mean anything. They range from recognizing a museum for a good exhibit, claiming that Maggie Thatcher was a “great” American friend and British patriot, to naming a bridge after some fallen serviceperson. It’s my opinion they are all just a waste of time and money. Yes, it’s nice to memorialize someone by naming a bridge after them but that can be done on the local level. They require time and resources that could be better used in other ways.
The two resolutions that have been adopted are HR 17, authored by a Republican and HR 51, authored by a Democrat. So, the blame for this nonsense isn’t limited to just one party.
HR 17 is a resolution to recognize “National Fast Day”. This is a bit of US Civil War nonsense which is now in the spotlight thanks to it being 150 years since American merrily killed each other by the hundreds of thousands over the right to own another human being as property. Pennsylvania is home to ostensibly the most famous battle of the war, Gettysburg, so we get to hear lots about it. Continue reading “Not So Polite Dinner Conversation – It’s spring and the PA legislator lies are in bloom!”