Thursday, September 21, 2006

Ninth Circus Clowns On The Loose Again

Get your cotton candy and cue the calliope, here come the clowns!

FOXNews has this on the latest idiocy of the 9th Circus Court of Appeals: Government libraries can block religious groups from worshipping in public meeting rooms, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
This stems from a case involving a Christian group which won a court order allowing them to hold a "prayer, praise and worship" service in meeting rooms open to other groups at a Contra Costa County library branch. A federal judge said it had a First Amendment right of religion to use the public's facilities. This was too logical for the 9th Circus. A three-judge panel overturned that ruling in a 2-1 decision.

"Prohibiting Faith Center's religious worship services from the Antioch meeting room is a permissible exclusion of a category of speech," Judge Richard Paez ruled.

In dissent, Judge Richard Tallman said the county went too far.

"Rather than adopting a policy of neutrality and placing reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on every group that uses the library meeting rooms, the county has gone to great lengths to exclude a non-disruptive community group based on the views it wishes to express," Tallman wrote. Exactly Judge Tallman. It's too bad Paez and the other bozo allowed their prejudice to rule the day.

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