West Chester, Tolerance and Good Sense — Cagle

Ever notice how some people get upset at the strangest things? Petty, petty, petty things. The types of things that make you wonder how much free time such people have, and how much of a bad thing that, in itself, can be.

If you say Barry Bonds hit a grand slam home run, someone will roll his/her eyes, sigh and exclaim, “Redundant…hello!” You just can’t get away with saying that, because someone wants you to know they’re paying attention to what you say. And you should applaud them for knowing that a grand slam is nothing other than a home run.

But there are times when splitting hairs is absolutely neccessary.

You might have heard that in West Chester, PA, a woman named Sally Flynn, a resident of this Chester County town, and Margaret Downey, the president and founder of the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia, filed suit against the county courthouse seeking the removal of a plaque of the 10 Commandments (so much for free thought, eh?) from the front of the building. The presence of this 80-plus-year-old plaque, they argue, goes against the separation of church and state promised in the First Amendment.

Incredibly, this dynamic duo won their case at the local level, and it is now in the appeals process. Until then, the county has forked out $400 for an aluminum and fabric covering to mask the offending tablet and its religious chidings.

Well, not to rob Flynn, an atheist, and Downey of a grand slam home run, but. . .

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

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