Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A perfect example

You know you're a Democrat if - you don't believe in Christ so you don't want anyone else to either.

It's Christmas for Goodness sake.

I understand the thing about division of church and state. But this man must be a miserable human being if all he does is go around looking for signs of Christianity in public buildings or on public land and trying to abolish it.

California Official Orders Removal of Christmas Angel After Complaint

Wednesday, December 23, 2009
By Joshua Rhett Miller

There's no place for angels atop Christmas trees, according to one California man who successfully lobbied for the removal of religious symbols at county buildings after spotting a yuletide decoration last week.

Stars and other religious emblems were ordered removed from Christmas trees in all government buildings in Sonoma County on Monday following a complaint by Irv Sutley, a disabled 65-year-old Marine veteran who said the symbols were "extremely offensive" and part of the "cult" of Christianity.
  /ˌkrɪstʃiˈænɪti/Pronunciation [kris-chee-an-i-tee]

–noun, plural -ties.
1. the Christian religion, including the Catholic, Protestant, and Eastern Orthodox churches.
2. Christian beliefs or practices; Christian quality or character: Christianity mixed with pagan elements; the Christianity of Augustine's thought.
3. a particular Christian religious system: She followed fundamentalist Christianity.
4. the state of being a Christian.
5. Christendom.
6. conformity to the Christian religion or to its beliefs or practices.
That's funny. I don't see a number 7 saying "cult")

"I just don't believe government has the right to intrude on anyone and force them into sectarian behavior," Sutley told "I've opposed Buddhist statues, the star of David — anything of a religious nature." (But it's okay to force them into secular behavior apparently.)

Sutley said he filed the complaint with acting County Administrator Chris Thomas on Dec. 18 after noticing an angel atop a six-foot tree in the lobby of the county recorder's office. Sutley, a lifelong atheist and chairman of the county's Peace and Freedom Party, said he visited the office last week for his re-election bid next June. (Peace and Freedom Party? That name qualifies as 'ironic'.)

Sutley said the angel violated previous court rulings concerning holiday displays, including a 1989 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found that government-sponsored Christmas trees decorated with religious symbols constitute an illegal endorsement of Christian doctrine.

Sutley said he was pleased with a subsequent e-mail sent by Thomas to managers of all 26 county departments instructing them to remove religious symbols like angels and stars from holiday displays.

Jim Toomey, a public information officer for Sonoma County, confirmed the removal.

"To avoid any controversy and to satisfy this gentleman's concerns, the ornaments were removed," said Toomey, adding that he knew of no prior complaints concerning the holiday display. (That's a great policy - offend many to please one.)

Sutley, of Santa Rosa, said he's pleased with Thomas' directive, but said his work might not yet be done. The veteran previously led successful efforts to stop prayers at government meetings in nearby cities and forced Rohnert Park to redesign its city emblem due to religious symbols.

He now intends to ask county officials to remove a steel cross near Ernie Smith Park in Sonoma that serves as a memorial to an accident victim. (Really? A memorial to an accident victim?)

"It was put up privately without a permit," Sutley said. "It shouldn't be there."

He looks like a happy guy, doesn't he?


Joe said...

He wants the rest of us to have to wallow in his life-misery. What a sad, unhappy man he is, deserving of our pity in the midst of our contempt.

Janie Lynn said...

I agree Joe. What kind of mindset does it take to go around trying to squelch people's expression of their faith?