String Theory And ACLU Hypocrisy
Well, what if there were a city, hypothetically speaking, that allowed a congregation to place small crosses at the top of thousands of street lights, and to run rosary beads between those streetlights?
The ACLU would file a lawsuit to stop it in a New York minute, right? Right.
Why then, have the ACLU's armies of lawyers sat idly by while Orthodox Jews have been using public property in the City of Los Angeles -- including street lamps -- to display icons of their religion?
Specifically, the Orthodox Jews have been stringing fishing wire from streetlight to streetlight, using a bracket they call "the Teichman adapter," and now they want to run it along the beach, too. (The area inside the string is called an "eruv.")
So how about it, ACLU? You say you want the separation of church and state. Do you also want separation of synagogue and state? Or do you have a double standard? If rosary beads, rather than sacred string, spanned the public poles, would you still be sitting in your offices, or would you instead race to the court to file a federal lawsuit for an injunction?
Here's an article on the effort to string the wire at the beach: http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/la-me-venice25oct25,1,1319168,full.story
Here's the website of the people who maintain the string: http://www.laeruv.com/adapter.htm
Here's the current perimeter of the string: http://www.laeruv.com/eruvborders.gif