Thursday, November 20, 2008

White House Won't Comment On Summum Case

The major church-state case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court this term is Pleasant Grove City, UT v. Summum. It was argued last week. (See prior posting.) Apparently the White House wants to steer clear of the controversy. Here is an exchange from yesterday's White House press briefing (full text) by Press Secretary Dana Perino. The reporter asking the question was WorldNet Daily correspondent, Les Kinsolving:
Q: Does the President believe or reject the contention that the First Amendment grants the 33-year-old Summum organization a right to erect a monument to its Seven Aphorisms in the city of Pleasant Grove, Utah, because there's a Ten Commandments monument?

MS. PERINO: Les, I really don't understand why you ask me these questions at the briefing. It's kind of a waste of your time, and it's a waste of everybody else's time. And it's really a waste of my time.

Q: No. This was page one.

MS. PERINO: I missed it.

Q: It was page one.
WorldNet Daily reported today on the exchange.