We have a bona fide fight between the constitutionalists and the fundamentalists in Texas.
We have a Bible in a glass case in front of the Civil Courthouse in Houston. A constitutionalist, also known as a woman with a brain, sued to have the Bible removed because it violates the separation of church and state. She is an attorney and is familiar with the Constitution and the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights. A federal judge said remove the Bible.
For doing her duty, she has received death threats.
The fundamentalists are angry that this educated woman wants the courthouse to be for everyone, not just Christians. The Bible is there to celebrate the good works of a fellow who supported the Star of Hope a do good charity that helps feed and shelter people. The fundies do not want the Bible moved, to say, the front of the Star of Hope shelter, but want it front and center at the courthouse where brief cases and Diet Coke cans routinely rest upon it's holy Plexiglas (c) surface.
The issue exactly frames the election. Are we a nation of laws or are we a nation of a threatening minority? Mob rule or the rule of law? These people sincerely believe they are on a mission from Gawd. Making fun of them only minimizes their threat. They mean to put this nation "back" on some track on which this nation never was. And they will kill abortion doctors or women attorneys to do it.
It doesn't matter what the religious beliefs of the founders were. What matters is they thought enough of you to make it possible for you to make your own choices without the government or some dangerous minority making your choices for you. They were even concerned about the tyranny of the majority crushing the rights and the lives of those who dare to disagree.
How are you going to subvert the tyranny?
Update: A federal appeals court has given a reprieve to a monument displaying a Bible outside the Harris County Civil Court House in downtown Houston.
A three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed a lower federal court judge's ruling that the display, located at 301 Fannin, be removed by the end of Tuesday.
The stay remains in effect until all appeals are exhausted in the case.
"I'm elated. I said, 'Praise God,'" A local preacher said.
Bible supporters celebrated Tuesday after the reprieve was made public.
"They made the right decision. God answered prayer," a supporter said.