Fatheaded Ed's anti-fundy bigotry
I merely said that the NCBCPS [National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools] board includes several TV evangelists -- and it does. The point being that if you're going to put together an objective, scholarly curriculum, as the Supreme Court requires, then your board should be made up of real scholars rather than apologists and preachers (not to mention bad actors).
Where are the "several TV evangelists"? The NCBCPS has two boards, a board of directors and a board of advisors, and Ed does not say which board he is talking about. According to the bios of the nine members of the Board of Directors, only one is a TV or radio evangelist (though at least one other has appeared on evangelistic broadcasts). Out of 46 members of the Advisory Board, only two are identified as being in broadcasting evangelism. The Advisory Board has 13 legislators. The occupations of many on the Advisory Board are not identified, but Ed, if you claim that there are several TV (or radio) evangelists there, it is your job to identify them. As usual, Ed is just talking through his hat. Ed just pulls his "facts" out of thin air and censors anyone who challenges them or would challenge them. Ed has zippo credibility.
Ed's view that fundies should be barred from participation in public life is contrary to the "endorsement test" as enunciated by Justice O'Connor in Lynch v. Donnelly:
The Establishment Clause prohibits government from making adherence to a religion relevant in any way to a person's standing in the political community. Government can run afoul of that prohibition in two principal ways. One is excessive [465 U.S. 668, 688] entanglement with religious institutions. . . . . . . . The second and more direct infringement is government endorsement or disapproval of religion. Endorsement sends a message to nonadherents that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community, and an accompanying message to adherents that they are insiders, favored members of the political community. Disapproval sends the opposite message.
Furthermore, the "purpose prong" of the Lemon test applies to the purpose of government officials, not private individuals. And the Lemon test has been on the way out for years, anyway.
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