Tuesday, September 19, 2006

John Hostettler: Wingnut

According to dkos (thanks to Jim for pointing it out), Johnny Ho has another trick up this election year. He introduced new Christian Supremacy legislation into Congress.

H.R. 2679 has emerged from the House Judiciary Committee and is ready to hit the floor. What is H.R. 2679 designed to do ? Well, it's designed to defund plaintiffs in Establishment Clause cases by eliminating awards for attorney's fees. What will that mean ? Well, let's take a case that's not hypothetical at all, a real incident.

So - to take a real example [ link directly below to "Jews On First" who have the best coverage of the case in question ] - if you're a Jewish family living in Southern Delaware and you complain about the rather blatant and exclusionary promotion of Christianity in the local public school and you and your family are subsequently harassed and your children called "Christ killers", subject to death threats, and eventually hounded out of town ( and along the way you have to sell your house of 18 years under duress ), the point of the law is to make it harder for you to seek some sort of legal redress.

So, if H.R. 2679 ( ironically titled "the Public Expression of Religion Act" ) passes the US House and Senate, that family hounded out of its home in Southern Delaware would be hard pressed to scratch up the money to take the school board - that was defending (and even condoning) the "Christianizing" of local schools - to court. It would be financially prohibitive. Now, somebody might start a petition "Regarding Religious Intolerance In Public Schools" ( in fact, someone did and you can even sign it - please do* and if your org. wants to join the coalition let me know ) but that would be unlikely to help your family out directly.

Or - to bring up another recent and notorious case ( see below, "the 2% Solution" ) you might be told by the speaker of the Indiana House, Brian Bosma, to buzz off because you only represent about 2% of the Indiana population.

The article goes on to quote Hostettler as blaming the Jews for killing Jesus and that it is okay for citizens to carry nuclear weapons under the second amendment.

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Blogger indymtgpro77 said...

I cannot stand that ass clown. Get em Torpor!

September 19, 2006  
Blogger lemming said...

I approve of attacks on this man.

I also believe that he will be elected again - he has a very well organized support base, and they will turn out the vote.

Remember: this is the same fellow who voted against breast cancer research because the only women who get breast cancer get it because they had abortions.

Great entry

September 19, 2006  
Blogger John Good said...

Wow, he actually makes Mark Souder look good, err. . better, umm. Let's just get rid of both of them!

September 20, 2006  
Blogger Jim said...

Shhhh...don't tell Hostettler that I'm going to use the blood of Christian babies to make my matzah next Passover.

September 20, 2006  

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