Saturday, November 03, 2007

West Bend Library threatened with liberty by religious group.

Hi folks,

I guess public institutions do have to advertise religious events:

Wisconsin Library Finally Allows Posting of Pro-life Event Flyer

West Bend, WI ( --
After the pro-life law firm Liberty Counsel intervened on behalf of a West Bend, Wisconsin resident, a library director agreed to allow a flyer announcing a pro-life event to be posted in the library along with other community announcements. Mary Weigand wanted to inform others about an annual Life Chain event, but the library director refused to allow the flyer and insisted that the library policy prohibited religious material. Weigand contacted Liberty Counsel. After receiving Liberty Counsel's demand letter, the library director apologized to her and allowed the flyer to be posted on two library bulletin boards in time for the event. Mathew D. Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented, "When libraries or other government facilities create an open forum such as a community bulletin board, it is impermissible to discriminate against religious viewpoints."
Good news for all of us. Now we can count on Liberty University to defend library flyers posted by socially conscious Lutherans who want to schedule prayer vigils outside anti-tax seminars, and maybe even a Muslim students alliance that wants to protest racial profiling outside Mitchell International Airport.

Unless, in America, some animals are more equal than others.

[whew... did I actually need to add that link?]



Anonymous said...

Or to paraphrase Orwell for our benefit and their confusion:
"equal being is immediately present in everything, without mediation or intermediary, even though things reside unequally in this equal being. There, however, where they are borne by hubris, all things are in absolute proximity."

Mpeterson said...

All things are in proximity and mediated through their self-negations via their moments of for-another. Self-certainty, as Hegel understood, fossilizes the dynamic asymmetries that allow for contingency, and the unfolding of essence, and life.

Funny business, hubris. I keep thinking of a paraphrase of Euripides I simply cannot place:"Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make great."

Anonymous said...'s too bad then that hubris is required i think,concurring with quote above, to achieve "absolute proximity". (i.e.the kind of wild social space from which democracies are bred;everyday one is born and we call it America and don't we take it for granted?)

the only thing you said I disagree with is the "unfolding of essence" part.

tell me? see? you don't know what I'm
telling you at all.

Mpeterson said...

lol. unfolding of essence is a bad transliteration of Wesen ist gewesen.... which is what I really meant.

Nascient fascism? You tell me.

Anonymous said...

BTW, Socratic Philosopher,
if you want to see an interesting post at Boots and Sabers, check out the "Staffing for the West Bend School District." (1732 hours.)
post #25. This is a former special education/disabled student from WB School District who takes head on MikefromWB (post#19). He is a a self-described repressed "cold-hearted person" who seems to be exploring the possibility that we could just refuse to educate those students.

Anyway, I find it even more interesting that poster #25 virtually outs himself, despite revealing his entire voting history. His name is revealed in "code", but it's not very good code.

But our standards should be lower, considering the circumstances, correct?

Mpeterson said...

Since I happen to know #25 personally I can tell you that the community was well served by accommodating him. ;^) I just wish he'd publish autobiography. That would be quite a read.

But I worry a lot about the degree to which special needs students have been "mainstreamed." I've had a number of students at the university over the years who were special needs kids in HS and who crashed (dramatically) when they finally ran into university level work.

They'd been coddled so much during their k-12 experience that their understanding of their own skill set was completely out of whack with reality. I've come to suspect that some of these programmes don't do anyone any favours....

On the other hand, I've also had students who, while they required some accommodation in K-12, have excelled in the university. We don't even think of bending curricular integrity to accommodate any students, but many of these, previously accommodated kids don't need it.

I think the prudent course is to find ways to make sure everyone gets a chance. I suspect that in the long run it'll even make sense to provide the kind of services a lot of special needs kids are getting in the k-12's now... but I'd like to see some more longitudinal studies on that.

Tricky business.

Mpeterson said...

Nate, drop me some email please.