Recently there was a case in CA, which I talked about here before, where a Pagan Chaplin (Patrick McCollum) was fighting for equal rights with others. California currently has a "five faiths" system - Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim & Native American - and if you are of any other faith, you are just SOL.
Anyways, a group called the Wallbuilders, filled an amicus brief which is asked the court to say that McCollum's suit has no merit at all, because the First Amendment applies only to monotheistic religions like Christianity, so a suit filed by Pagans should have no standing.
Wallbuilders, which is represented by the National Legal Foundation, argues, "Christianity is the only religion that should be protected under the Constitution or at the very most other monotheistic religions might also be included." In other words, according to these guys, Paganism or any other polytheistic faith isn't really a religion, and therefore First Amendment rights don't apply.
Rather than ruling for or against the Wallbuilders brief, the courts simply stated that because McCollum was not a prisoner he had no right to file the suit. And they rejected his claims and ruled against the idea that Pagans deserve equal rights...
So this all leaves me wondering, does the first amendment really give us equal rights? Or is it simply there to make us feel safe? Who does it protect? And in what cases is it valid or not valid?
The idea that McCollum has no right to request a seat on the staff because he's Pagan - even though he's a Chaplin - and doesn't fit in to their "five faiths" to me is downright unconstitutional. And it seems to me as if the court system is side stepping the request simply because he's not an inmate - which is dumb! Because he's not just fighting to give inmates equal rights but also himself and the entire Pagan community.
So, I ask you, who is actually protected? Christians? Monotheists? or All faiths?? And what is the reality?
Answer by hopeandglory53 at 4:05 PM on Jun. 13, 2011
Answer by momto2boys973 at 4:15 PM on Jun. 13, 2011
Answer by okmanders at 5:06 PM on Jun. 13, 2011
I really don't see the Wallbuilderscase holding up in any court of law, and they are wasting the courts time and money. I'm sure some people are donating money to them so someone is getting rich in this group at the expense of taxpayers, really sad.
Answer by RyansMom001 at 5:30 PM on Jun. 13, 2011
Answer by MamaK88 at 5:33 PM on Jun. 13, 2011
Answer by bandgeek521 at 6:15 PM on Jun. 13, 2011