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  •  The man who wants to mock the opening prayer (1+ / 0-)
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    freakofsociety

    with a satanic verse does not meet the half century SCOTUS standard of holding a "sincerely held religious belief".

    "let's talk about that" uid 92953

    by VClib on Thu May 15, 2014 at 06:44:51 AM PDT

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    •  Why not? Satan is a Jewish and Christian demi-god. (3+ / 0-)
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      If Christians believe that Satan exists, why is it implausible that someone believes that Satan exists and that he's the good guy in that civil war among the angels?

    •  They're awfully close... (1+ / 0-)
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      freakofsociety

      The Church of Satan was founded in 1966.  If one gives credence to emergent tradition, I think it safe to say that the idea was around in 1964 - which would nail the half-century mark.

      Heck, they've even had a schism; LeVay's widow split from the Church of Satan to found the First Satanic Church.

      The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

      by wesmorgan1 on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:10:49 AM PDT

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    •  Please (1+ / 0-)
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      Christians pick and choose what they want to believe like a smorgasbord.
      And who are the Supreme Court Justices to determine what is and what is not a "sincerely held religious belief"?

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Thu May 15, 2014 at 08:17:46 AM PDT

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      •  No vclib is saying that the man (2+ / 0-)
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        Is not really interested in holding prayer. Hes basically doing this to throw it in peoples faces. Which kind of seems to be the case.

        Obama is the most progressive president in my lifetime.

        by freakofsociety on Thu May 15, 2014 at 11:08:41 AM PDT

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      •  skohayes - the key case is US v Seeger (1965) (0+ / 0-)

        The SCOTUS had to set a standard by which the Selective Service could determine who could be drafted, and thereby sent to Vietnam, and who was eligible for the draft. The Court established a set of rules to measure a"sincerely held religious belief" and that has been the standard for numerous cases going forward from 1965. Obviously no one on the current SCOTUS had any role in the 1965 case.

        There has been a great deal written about US v Seeger in law journals, and lay publications, and those materials are available on the Internet, if you want to research this further.

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        by VClib on Thu May 15, 2014 at 01:55:03 PM PDT

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