Tuesday, November 26, 2002
It is sometimes hard to tell the difference among: (1) a person who simply has no clue; (2) a person who is pretending to have no clue, in order to make a joke; and (3) a person who is pretending to have no clue, in order to make a political point. I think that this person -- who, in the aftermath of the Montgomery Ten Commandments case, has sued claiming that Birmingham's statue of Roman god (or demi-god?) Vulcan, is a violation of the First Amendment too -- is of the third category. But again it's hard to tell. In case any of the rest of you is confused, let me point out that the City of Birmingham does not try, and has never tried, to proselytize on behalf of, or to endorse belief in, ancient Roman polytheism. It's about iron and steel, not religion. This is, as we lawyers say, the material distinction between the Vulcan case and the Ten Commandments case. Duh.
posted by sam 4:07 PM
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