Feb. 24 was the 25th anniversary of a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that expanded legal protection for parody and satire. Its 8-0 decision overturned a $150,000 award that the Rev. Jerry Falwell had won against Larry Flynt of Hustler magazine.
This action joined many others resulting in the court’s continuing the dismantling of religious privilege. It is restoring our Constitution to the secular document intended by our Founding Fathers. Still, many religions incessantly cozy up to political influences, trying to maintain and insert their particular prejudices into our governing bodies. Superstition grounded in the supernatural should remain in the imagination of religion.
Government should operate on reason and reality, the true basis for inspiration and successful consequences.
The writer lives in Little River.