Somewhere in an office building in Madison, Wis., the directors of the Freedom From Religion Foundation hold strategy meetings.
Let’s imagine some of the discussions they’ve been having in the last few years about religion and public life in Southwest Virginia.
“Next we’ll hear from the atheist in charge of the Blue Ridge mountains area. Lucifer — er, I meant Luke — can you give us a status report?
“Happy to, madam chairwoman,” says Luke.
“As you know, we’ve been in a fierce court battle with the Giles County School Board over the hanging of the Ten Commandments in their high school. That’s been going on for about 18 months now.
“First the local churches got everyone riled up to keep the commandments. So we sued, and the board tried to ‘out’ the unnamed student plaintiff in the case. But a federal judge ruled the student could remain anonymous , so he wouldn’t get or teased or beat up or have his house egged.
“Things kind of came to a crux earlier this year over the board’s insistence that the commandments were an educational tool key to understanding the historical development of our nation’s laws, rather than the promotion of religion.
“The judge responded with the wisdom of Solomon. He suggested the board remove the four commandments that mentioned God. But the board more or less admitted their ‘history’ argument was a crock when they yanked down all 10, rather than just those four. So the case is settled.
There was a brief round of applause.
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