Publication:APD - West Bend Daily News;
Date:Jul 26, 2008;
Religious tyranny at Regner Park
Again this summer, a West Bend group called Lighthouse Ministries has been authorized to organize a Christian concert in Regner Park, a public park, in August. This is part of a disturbing syndrome. I was distressed to read that on the day considered by some the national day of prayer, West Bend’s newly appointed mayor, Kristine Deiss, came away from her busy schedule to pray on the side of City Hall, which certainly does not behoove a city mayor. Sadly, part or most of West Bends various leaders seem to be people who believe in the supremacy of Christianity over other religions or none. This is a diverse nation, as Sen. Obama correctly stated, also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers. The Constitution needs a rewrite, but even as it stands, to ask the citizens to give up their park in order to allow for a religious event that should take place inside a religious facility is unconstitutional and worthy only of the tyrannies the Founding Fathers meant to escape.
Just FYI, Obama prayed at the Wailing Wall yesterday.