Wednesday, July 5, 2006

I found this story on Shakespeare' Sister

A large Delaware school district promoted Christianity so aggressively that a Jewish family felt it necessary to move to Wilmington, two hours away, because they feared retaliation for filing a lawsuit. The religion (if any) of a second family in the lawsuit is not known, because they're suing as Jane and John Doe; they also fear retaliation. Both families are asking relief from "state-sponsored religion."

This blog has an excellent collection of links about the harassment directed to this family. The persecution largely stemmed from There are several shocking examples of persecution this family had to go through, but this one is probably most shocking to me:

A former board member suggested that Mona Dobrich might "disappear" like Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the atheist whose Supreme Court case resulted in ending organized school prayer. O'Hair disappeared in 1995 and her dismembered body was found six years later.

Update: This story is on Kos now.

Apparently, the Stop The ACLU Coalition to publicize the names, address, and telephone number(s) of the Dobrich family on the group's website. Classy.


Blogger Jim said...

It must be a virus that's catching, because everyone's favorite stealth evangelism organization, Jews for Jesus, is once again proselytizing in New York. They're even trying to convert Chasidim. Not quite the same thing as the dumbasses in Delaware, but there are still plenty of pissed off Jews in the 5 Boroughs.


July 05, 2006  
Blogger Jim said...

One other thing - I'm so tired of people saying that non-Christians are just "oversensitive" when we complain about matters such as publicly sponsored sectarian prayer, particularly when things get pushy like this case in Delaware has become. I realize that the Delaware case is probably an exceptional situation, but I certainly wish that some Christians would realize that it's not their job to save my soul. I'm doing just fine with my spirituality, thank you. If more people would focus on doing good while they're here on Earth rather than worrying about what's going to happen to them whey they die, the world would be much better off. It's much more refreshing when you're treating people well just for the sake of treating them well and not because you want to get a golden ticket to the big chocolate factory in the sky.

July 05, 2006  
Blogger torporific said...

Jim, I was in NYC over fourth of July weekend a few years ago and I ran into several Jews for Jesus proselytizers who were passing out pamphlets. How annoying.

July 06, 2006  
Blogger Jim said...

Speaking of proselytizers -- the pictures on this site crack me up.

July 06, 2006  
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