Ben Kinchlow, the former longtime co-host of the 700 Club and now a weekly columnist for the Worldnetdaily, has a column about the Supreme Court case involving legislative prayer that forces one to conclude that either he is a first-class moron or he assumes his readers to be (a safe assumption, to be sure). He proves this in the first couple paragraphs:
How would this work for you? Two vegetarians are offended by meat eaters, so they sue. Any restaurant, club or public facility where the public is invited to attend meetings that would involve any subject germane to the community cannot serve meat dishes. That would mean any meeting involving the public, including political meetings, meetings involving veterans, schools or any other public gathering held in a facility where the public was invited and dinner was served would not be allowed to serve meat dishes. Understand what this would mean; Lions Club, Rotarians, American Legion, VFW and even Little League and Boy Scout meetings would be affected.
A case of vastly greater freedom-restricting impact than the above hypothetical is being debated before the U.S. Supreme Court as we speak:
“[T]he continuance of public prayer and the public acknowledgment of God is in jeopardy, literally, not figuratively … our friends at the legal group Alliance Defending Freedom are arguing the case Town of Greece v. Galloway before the U. S. Supreme Court. The Court will then decide whether or not public prayer will be allowed to continue in America.
Let me ask the obvious question: Is he really too stupid to understand the distinction between prayer at a government meeting and prayer at an event hosted by a private organization? Or is he just lying with the knowledge that his readers are too stupid to understand it?
Why? Because two women, who were “offended” and felt they were “being discriminated against” by prayers, sued in court and a federal appeals court agreed with them. Keep in mind, these two people, with full knowledge that every session opened with prayer, of their own free will and at times and dates of their own choosing, voluntarily attended meetings that were open to the public.
Exactly! Just like those kids protesting in Oakland attended that protest with full knowledge that the cops would be using pepper spray and they went of their own free will, voluntarily! Because it’s totally okay for the government to break the law as long as you know in advance that they’re going to do it. And your participation in local government should be completely dependent on your willingness to participate unwillingly in someone else’s religious exercises. Christian privilege FTW.
Of course, the moment someone offers a Muslim prayer before a legislative session, Kinchlow will be screaming about that outrageous violation of the First Amendment and all his blather about religious freedom will disappear faster than an 8-ball at Lindsay Lohan’s house. Because his definition of religious freedom is Christians having the right to force you to sit through their religious exercises, but no one else having the right to force them to do the same. It’s not religious freedom, it’s Christian privilege.