Friday, September 12, 2003

FCC AND THE BIBLE I got an e-mail today, alerting me to the horrible possibility that the FCC is being petitioned to ban all references to the Bible on television and radio.
Madeline Murray O'Hare, an atheist, successfully managed to eliminate the use of Bible reading from public schools a few years ago.

Now her organization has been granted a Federal Hearing on the same subject by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, DC.

Their petition, Number 2493, would ultimately pave the way to stop the reading of the gospel of our Lord and Savior, on the airwaves of America.

They got 287,000 signatures to back their stand! If this attempt is successful, all Sunday worship services being broadcast on the radio or by television will be stopped.
Now, it's not too unreasonable to believe such a thing, because the First Amendment now appears to mean Freedom from Religion. But then we find out that the godless infidels want to cancel Christmas.
This group is also campaigning to remove all Christmas programs and Christmas carols from public schools!!
This should set off the alarm bells and send you to the internet to verify this mess. Surprisingly, there was an attempt in 1975 to do something similar, and the FCC rejected it. Check out the FCC's Memorandum Opinion and Order, RM 2493 (August 1, 1975). It reads, in part:
The part of this proceeding which has evoked the greatest public response is that which is concerned with the eligibility of religious organizations for channels which are reserved for noncommercial educational use. Petitioners would have us disqualify all religiously-affiliated organizations and institutions from eligibility to operate on reserved channels. In effect, they would have us practice discrimination against a school or university simply by virtue of the fact that it is owned and operated by a sectarian organization. As a government agency, the Commission is enjoined by the First Amendment to observse a stance of neutrality toward religion, acting neither to promote nor inhibit religion.Under principles of neutrality, a religious group, like any other, may become a broadcast licensee, and, like any other licensee, a religious group is subject to "enforceable public obligations."
Now, for some real fun, this story reads like satire from The Onion, but it isn't. Egyptian lawyers want to sue the world's Jews for plundering Egypt during the Exodus some 3,000 years ago. No mention about the plundering and occupation of the middle east, Spain and the Balkans by Arab armies starting in the 700s.

Wednesday, September 03, 2003

CLASS ACTION Class action lawsuits have their utility. Sometimes they are the only way to adequately address a wrong. Very often, they are the only way to get lawyers a big windfall. I've somehow found myself on a newsletter put out by BigClassAction.com. I like that name. The "Big" makes it sound a bit sinisiter, the way the news media has labelled Big Oil and Big Tobacco. BigClassAction's e-mail newsletter has a title that shows what class actions are about....money. Get this, the title is CLASS ACTIONS AND LARGE RECOVERIES NEWSLETTER.

Admitting that you're not some selfless lawyer working for the regular guy and that it's really about the money: Priceless.