Sunday, February 26, 2012

Religious Liberty - #3686 - North Carolina Government Defies Court Decision Banning Christian Prayers at Board Meetings - The Blaze (2) Muslim Admits Attacking Atheist over 'Zombie Muhammed' Costume, Muslim Judge Dismisses Case, Lectures Atheist on Joys of Islam - The Blaze (3) Court Pharmacists Don't Have to Dispense Drugs - Citizen Link

The Rowan County Board of Commissioners is defying a court decision that found Christian prayers being uttered at its meetings unconstitutional. The local government’s decision to continue permitting the prayers comes after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, thus substantiating a lower court ruling. One of the board members (and the county commissioner), Chad Mitchell, defended the prayers said at each meeting’s opening. Apparently, each board member is given the chance, via a rotation, to give a prayer if he or she so chooses. In the past, some have opted not to be included in the rotation. The practice of opening with an invocation has been ongoing for many years,” Mitchell explained. ”The earliest book of minutes that we have easy access to is from February of 1971, and the Board of Commissioners at that time was using the same procedure of invocation. Read more......


Muslim Admits Attacking Atheist over 'Zombie Muhammed' Costume, Muslim Judge Dismisses Case, Lectures Atheist on Joys of Islam - The Blaze - You may recall back in October The Blaze reported on the now-infamous “Zombie Muhammed,” who was attacked by an irate Muslim man over what he believed was the unspeakable act of dishonoring his prophet. Zombie Muhammed, along with his counterpart, “Zombie Pope,” were costumes worn by Atheists during a Halloween parade last year.The assault was captured on video and the Muslim man admitted to his crime, saying that he did not know mocking Muhammed was actually legal in the U.S.. Charges, of course, were filed.  Seems like a clear-cut case in favor of the victim, no? Think again.  The court case in the assault has since come to trial and was dismissed by the presiding judge, who, in fact, happens to be Muslim as well.  The judge refused to allow the video as evidence, stating, “All that aside I’ve got here basically.. I don’t want to say he said she said but I’ve got two sides of the story that are in conflict with each other.”  He added, “…he [plaintiff] has not proven to me beyond a reasonable doubt that this defendant is guilty of harassment, therefore I am going to dismiss the charge”  The case brought by the victim, Pennsylvania State Director of American Atheists, Inc., Mr. Ernest Perce V.  Read more..........

Court Pharmacists Don't Have to Dispense Certain Drugs - Citizen Link - A federal court ruled Wednesday that pharmacists in Washington state have the right to refuse to dispense “emergency contraception” drugs that could take the life of a preborn baby.  Instead, pharmacists who object for religious or moral reasons to dispensing possible abortifacients have the right to refer customers to other pharmacies — trumping a rule created in 2007 law that said any Washington pharmacist who didn’t dispense the drugs would lose his job.  “The Board of Pharmacy’s 2007 rules are not neutral, and they are not generally applicable,” Judge Ronald B. Leighton wrote. “They were designed instead to force religious objectors to dispense Plan B, and they sought to do so despite the fact that refusals to deliver for all sorts of secular reasons were permitted. The rules are unconstitutional as applied to Plaintiffs.”  Read more..........

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