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Exiled into Wilmington, Delaware by virtue of corporate layoffs. (Note: Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this blog are Copyright 2005, Michael Collins, and cannot be used without permission.)

Location: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Graduate of University of Maryland School of Law; University of Maryland, College Park (Economics/Political Science).

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

These Aren't The Droids You're Looking For

The properties attributed to lawyers sometimes take on a Jedi-like character. From Jay Nordlinger, more alarmist overreaction courtesy of political correctness, the fear of litigation, or just plain anti-Christian sentiment:

Received a little story from the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, described as "a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions." Story is out of Garwood, N.J., and in particular the Lincoln-Franklin Elementary School. (Uh-oh: Those Lincoln and Franklin guys sound like "white males.") Fifth-graders were assigned to write Thanksgiving poems, and one girl penned, "Pilgrims thanked God for what they were given. / Everybody say . . . Happy Thanksgiving!"

But one word, "God," was edited out before the poem was displayed in the school hallway.
As the Becket Fund says, "Fortunately, the school changed its mind and decided to reinsert the word 'God' into the poem after the child's mother expressed outrage and the school consulted with attorneys." Still, sounds like a close call.

Thank God — I mean, thank Floyd Abrams, or Harry Blackmun, or whomever — that the school consulted with those attorneys! Lawyers tell us exactly what we may and may not do! [Emphasis added.]

Hopefully this mind trick works on the future wife. (I'm in so much trouble..)


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