Stu Levitan wrote:You don't think the First Amendment says anything about participating in government? Last I checked, it protected the right "to petition the government for a redress of grievances."Maybe you've got a different edition.
But, you know, if you can equate your individual,personal decision to bay at the moon on a routine Tuesday with a sacred, time-certain ceremony that millions of people have followed for thousand of years(and millions have died for), well ...
Stu, There is only one edition of the 1st amendment. But, I don't think your right to petition is being trampled. A decision was made by someone or a group of people that a regularly scheduled eoc meeting would be postponed because of one religion's holiday. You seem to be saying that cancelling a meeting because of one religion's holiday is somehow protected by the peoples right "to petition the government for a redress of their grievances."
As far as who's 1st amendment's right to petition the government are being trampled, it would be those people whose input that didn't go before the commission, because the meeting was cancelled because of one religion's holiday. Their input never got passed to the common council, in a timely manner, because of one group's religious practices.
I can equate a personal decision to bay at the moon on a routine Tuesday night "with a sacred, time-certain ceremony that millions of people have followed for thousand of years (and millions have died for)." All decisions to practice a religion are personal. While I do not practice it, Moon worship is a lot older than any modern religion, and with its utimately time certain friend, the sun, many millions in history have died in its name, defending their god and their way of life. The numbers of deaths any religion suffers or inflicts, is more a function of its size, time on earth, and beliefs rather than of its sincerity, goodness or validity.
The reason I entered this forum was to protest the way miss Vicky implied it was unfair that the city didn't shut down "ahem",like the eoc did, because of Rosh Hashanah.
How can ONE city commission not meet on a business day because of one religion's holiday and then complain about being left out of the loop when the grinder of government goes on without their input? Perhaps they think the world doesn't spin around the sun, it just spins around the eoc.