Thursday, August 25, 2005

    ACLU director apologizes

    Twit ACLU director Joe Cook had to apologize for remarks comparing school prayer supporters beliefs to 9-11 bombers. In a story today from WLTV this excerp:
    Cook made his comments on August 15 when asked about classes being held for teachers in Tangipahoa Parish as school system officials tried to explain what can and can’t be done as far as prayers in the school room.

    In his comments, Cook, who has made legal moves against the Tangipahoa Parish school board following some incidents of prayers being said over loudspeakers and in classrooms, said the system has done little to enforce a judge’s rulings.

    “They don’t want to abide by the agreement,” said Cook in the August 15 interview. “They have always crossed the line of separation of church and government… They believe they answer to a higher power, in my opinion… which is the kind of thinking you had with the people who flew airplanes in the buildings in this country and people who did that kind of thing in London.”
    In a worthless attempt to hide his remarks he trys to apologize and explain is was a misuse of hyperbole and analogy. He couldn't flat out say he was wrong however.
    I want to express my sincere regrets for my use of hyperbole and the analogy that I made regarding Tangipahoa Parish public school officials,” said ACLU Director Joe Cook. “I see how my unfortunate choice of rhetoric could be interpreted as disdain for religious beliefs, but that is absolutely not my position, nor the position of the national ACLU or any of its affiliates.

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