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Sunday, December 26, 2004

Leviticus Crowd Goes Ambulance Chasing for "Christmas" Lawsuits

WaPO's Dana Milbank explains here:

The Rutherford Institute, declaring "Christmas Under Siege," cites a "growing tendency among public schools and government officials to ban references to Christmas or Christianity." The Alliance Defense Fund, which has been battling gay unions, sent letters to more than 6,700 schools as part of its "Christmas Project." It has 700 "allied attorneys" looking for cases where local authorities have sought to secularize the holiday, and it has found three dozen instances of bans on candy canes, prohibitions on Christmas colors, and cancellation of holiday celebrations that had Christian components.

President Bush has even irritated this crowd.... Again from Milbank:

Even President Bush, who joined with religious conservatives in efforts to ban same-sex marriage, has become a target of those fearing the secularization of Christmas. The Web site WorldNetDaily complained this week of an absence of Jesus and other Christian references on the White House Web site or in the White House Christmas decorations or the Bush Christmas card. "What's virtually missing from the White House commemoration of Christmas this year?" the Web site asked. "Jesus."

Milbank was referring to this from Wingnut Daily.

Ofcourse it's always about the money. Milbank again:

Those on the other side of these battles say the Christian groups are wildly exaggerating the threats from a phantom enemy for the purpose of mobilizing evangelicals to contribute funds (some groups are explicitly using the Christmas issue to raise money) or to become politically active.

Bachmann pushing the Hate Amendment Again

From the Strib:

In Minnesota, state Sen. Michele Bachmann, R-Stillwater, plans to reintroduce a proposed ballot question that would prohibit same-sex marriage or its equivalent through a constitutional amendment. The Senate's DFL leadership blocked her measure earlier this year.

Even though the question won't be on the ballot until the next statewide election, in 2006, "I think we might as well go sooner, rather than later," Bachmann said. "But we've got two sessions to pass it."

Bachmann said the DFLers "are at their own peril, casting a blind eye to what the people of Minnesota want. Minnesota will be no different from the 11 states that voted this year -- it'll pull 70 percent."

Gay-rights advocates were heartened by the fact that the Senate leadership remains opposed to any ban and Republican losses in the House eliminated a dozen ban supporters, said Ann DeGroot, executive director of OutFront Minnesota, a gay and lesbian advocacy group.

"November 2 does give them some momentum, but it's a little too soon to say what will happen next year," she said. "I think we're in at least as strong a position as last session. If they're back, we'll be there in big numbers."

Actually a number of the big amendment supporters in the House lost their reelection bids. The ONLY Democrat to lose reelection was amendment supporter Rebecca Otto. Ann DeGroot of OutFront Minnesota is fully aware of this point, and it's interesting that she does not make this point. In the house there were a significant number of Democrats who supported this amendment.