Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Some Religions, In Some Places, are MUCH More Equal than Others

Two Christian girls. Two sets of distraught parents. And two state courts smack in the middle of it. Good article here.

Amanda Kurowski (10) -- Forced to Attend Public School for Exposure to Diversity of Religions in NH: One of these courts is in New Hampshire, where a judge recently ordered that home-schooled Amanda Kurowski be sent to public school. The order signed by Family Court Justice Lucinda V. Sandler says the 10-year-old's Christian faith could use some shaking up (WTF!?! -- I'd like to see the judge say this about some Muslim) —and that the local public school is just the place to do it. So while the child's lawyers at the Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal outfit, filed a motion asking the judge to reconsider, last week Amanda started fifth grade at a local public school.

17-year-old Rifqa Bary is (so far, at least) Allowed Refuge from Islamic Parents who Have Threatened her over her Conversion to Christianity: Miss Bary fled to Florida from Ohio a few weeks back, where she sought refuge with a Christian couple whose church she had learned about on Facebook. She says she ran away from home because her father discovered she'd become a Christian—and then threatened to kill her (is this equivalent to a "shaking-up"?). On Thursday, Circuit Judge Daniel Dawson ordered the girl and her family to try mediation and set a pretrial hearing for the end of the month.

In related news, being a Glow-bull Warming Nut is now officially a religion:

In the first case of its kind, a UK employment tribunal decided that an employee had views amounting to a "philosophical belief in climate change", allowing him the same legal protection against discrimination as religious beliefs.
The whack-job Judge said at the employment tribunal: "[Nicholson] has certain views about climate change and acts upon those views in the way in which he leads his life. In my judgment his belief goes beyond a mere opinion."
This … may create an abundance of litigation in the future as the tribunals will have to weigh an individual's belief against the yardstick of current popular thinking." Oh great -- and so now these "tribunals' get approval on new religions (like worshipping shrubberies mebbe?) -- how soon before they get the power of DIS approval of existing religions (like crazy sects that believe in JC as our savior).
Read it all here. h/t to Ace.

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