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Where's the Lawsuit? City Displays Religious Symbol on Public Property

By Alf Gordon(13,356)

Posted Wednesday, December 05, 2007
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I need your help.  I need to contact Kay Staley immediately.  It's a matter of life and death.

If you don't know, Kay Staley is a real estate agent in Houston, Texas.  She is also a member of the group Americans United for Separation of Church and State.  Several years ago she filed suit against Harris County, Texas, over a Bible displayed in front of the Harris County courthouse in downtown Houston.  She claimed the display violated the First Amendment "guarantee" of separation of church and state.  A lower court found in favor of Ms. Staley.  Last month the U. S. Supreme Court decided not to hear the appeal on the case.  The county (translation: taxpayers) now has to pay Staley's court costs, estimated to be in the neighborhood of $100,000 or more.

If Ms. Staley has decided that she is going to be a voice crying in the wilderness, then she needs to get on the stick.  This morning on the way to work I saw a menorah prominently displayed outside City Hall in downtown Houston.  There was nothing on the news either last night or this morning that would indicate Ms. Staley has been notified of this gross endorsement of Judaism on the part of the city.  After all, God forbid...sorry, let me rephrase that...Personal Deity of Choice forbid that any religious display of any kind be allowed on public property.  So it's imperative that she be told about this latest violation of separation of church and state, get her lawyers on the case, and let them submit the bill to city taxpayers for trying the case once she wins.

Of course, after she wins that case, she'll have to file suit again, this time over the city not displaying any type of religious display on public property.  I mean, if displaying a religious symbol means an agency is promoting that particular religion, wouldn't the lack of religious symbols be a promotion of those groups that believe in no deity at all, like atheists?  (Sorry, folks, but despite their arguments to the contrary, atheism is indeed a religious belief.)  Ms. Staley could keep the court system tied up for years and waste millions of taxpayer dollars, all in the name of separation of church and state.  What a concept!

So, if you have information on how to reach Kay Staley, please let me know.  She has a lot of work ahead of her, and a lot of taxpayer money to spend.

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