Not a lot of things dig into my mind like people trying to change the world to make themselves happy at the expense of others.
Like Madalyn Murray O'Hair and the no-prayer-in-school thing.
It's said she completed a law degree from South Texas College of Law in 1949 but failed the bar exam and never practiced law.
You've got to wonder, then, if her court battles for pulling prayer out of schools came from the frustrated side of a legal life she couldn't muster.
That, or the fact she was trying to protect her son from bullying because he wouldn't participate in Bible readings in the Baltimore City Public School System and got harassed by other students. She said the administrators condoned this, and she wanted it to stop, likely no matter what she had to do to stop it.
That I understand and applaud. I just think she could have found some other way than changing the rest of the world.
The Supreme Court in 1963 voted 8 to 1 in favor of Murray's suit, so she declared herself the leader of the movement to remove prayer from public schools. She never acknowledged there were several similar cases before the Supreme Court and hers was just decided first.
None of that matters to me, except for years I've been complaining about her insisting the rest of the world think as she did.
A recent email I got points out that such arrogance continues. And I don't care if the email is real or made up and just sent around to make people believe it's real, I still liked it.
So, "Florida court sets Atheist Holy Day" read:
"In Florida, an atheist created a case against Easter and Passover holy days.
"He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.
"The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel, declaring "Case dismissed!"
"The lawyer immediately stood, objecting to the ruling and saying, 'Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays.'
"The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, 'But you do. Your client, Counsel, is woefully ignorant.'
"The lawyer said, "Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists."
"The judge replied, 'The calendar says April 1 is April Fools Day. Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, it is the opinion of this court that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1 is his day. Court is adjourned.'"
If only some judge had decided O'Hair's suit in such a way.
So long friends, until the next time when we're together.
Contact Sandy Mickelson at (515) 573-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org