Monday Quick Takes

Monday’s news of note involves two important items of civil liberties involving race and religion.

Mississippi Legislature Votes to Remove Confederate Emblem

In a weekend session, both chambers of Mississippi’s state legislature passed a bill to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. The Governor has said he will sign the law and begin the process of coming up with the design of a new state flag.

Mississippi is the last state to remove all Confederate emblems from its flag. It was a long overdue move.

(In addition to the obvious, and most important, implications of why the Civil War was fought, wasn’t it just very odd to have a state government in the United States having an emblem on its flag representing a group that was trying to overthrow the United States.)

Anti-Religious Bias in New York

You don’t think there is a bias against religion in many areas of government? A Federal judge has said that in New York, there is.

A federal judge said that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Letitia James and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio “exceeded” their executive limits by limiting worship services while at the same time condoning mass protests as the state continues to monitor coronavirus restrictions.

US District Judge Gary L. Sharpe issued a preliminary injunction on Friday on behalf of two Catholic priests and a trio of Orthodox Jewish congregants in Brooklyn, represented by the Thomas Moore Society.

In these days of pandemic, we should be able to understand widely differing opinions. There is no clear right or wrong answer. What isn’t understandable is coming out strongly against mass gatherings for certain things but encouraging them for others. That shows that the restrictions aren’t because of health concerns.

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