Saturday, May 09, 2009

In Dog We Trust

"One of the foundations of our democracy is that the right of someone to express concern or to bring a matter of discomfort to the attention of authority is to be respected and protected. It is not to be vilified and dishonored. Some ofthe extreme language, hateful emails, and inappropriate and inaccurate reporting of this story has shifted blame onto the blameless and has distorted beyond measure the matter at hand. If we can do one thing together as a community, it should be to stand up in vast numbers and express outrage and concern against those who would cheapen the actions of brave and committed Americans. No person should have to be afraid to express their constitutionally protected individual rights. Hopefully, we can all learn from this experience and move forward with dignity and respect for each other.

U.S. District Judge Harvey Schlesinger quoted from his decision granting a temporary injunction to plaintiffs against the St. Johns County School District preventing them from conducting "religious" songs in elemantary public school.

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