doublespeak of the day
Here's a juicy bit of doublespeak: A Wiccan's bid to be included on a list of clergy who say prayers before meetings of the Chesterfield County, Va., Board of Supervisors has been rejected. In a letter explaining the decision, Chesterfield County Attorney Steven Micas explained that the First Amendment-friendly policy of "nonsectarian" prayer shouldn't be taken too literally:
Chesterfield's nonsectarian invocations are traditionally made to a divinity that is consistent with the Judeo-Christian tradition.
A quick recap of the First Amendment's position on the subject:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. [emphasis mine]
(via FARK, who sums it up rightly: "1st Amendment surrenders in disgust")