Here’s a perfect example of why Liberty Counsel, founded by Jerry Falwell as his answer to the ACLU and led by the dumbest lawyer in America not named Larry Klayman, is blatantly misnamed. In a Worldnetdaily article about the upcoming “black mass” in Oklahoma we find this little tidbit:
And the Catholics are not the only group expressing outrage about the prospect of a black mass being held in the public civic center of a Bible Belt town like Oklahoma City.
Harry Mihet, vice president of legal affairs and chief litigation counsel for Liberty Counsel, said Oklahoma City should not allow its public facilities to be “used by a satanic group for the sole purpose of mocking, insulting and offending other faiths through a lewd and lascivious ceremony. The perverted sexual deviance characteristic of a ‘black mass’ ought to remain in the dark tombs and catacombs where it originated, and should not see the light of day in a civilized society, much less on public property.”
Funny, that’s almost identical language used by Muslim countries to justify their blasphemy laws, which forbid exactly the thing that Liberty Counsel is so upset about here, any statement or behavior that includes “mocking, insulting and offending other faiths.” Of course, they don’t actually mean “other faiths,” they mean Christianity. Which is why Liberty Counsel only represents Christians (as opposed to the ACLU, which represents people of every faith and no faith when their rights have been violated).
As usual, we see that when the Christian right talks about “religious freedom” what they really mean is Christian privilege.