Saturday, May 21, 2005

Rural La. Attitudes Toward ACLU and School Practices Explored

Attitudes in rural Louisiana about religion and schools are the subject of an article in today's Tuscaloosa News. The 5th Circuit is presently considering an appeal of a judgment obtained by the ACLU against the Tangipahoa Parish school board (see prior related posting). It enjoined the board from opening its meetings with a lengthy prayer that mentions Jesus. The article quotes an influential evangelical preacher who heads a church outside of New Orleans, Rev. Louis Husser, as saying: "The ACLU defends pedophiles. You have to understand where they're coming from."

The article also reports that some fundamentalist parents are upset over a thumbprint machine used in one high school to identify students. They believe it is a forerunner of the Antichrist. Again, Rev. Husser is outspoken: "We know that there are electronic devices that will be used in the End-Time by the Antichrist. Some feel that this is leading into some of the tactics of the Antichrist, which is a cashless system."