These two news items have nothing to do with one another. The individuals involved are not connected in any way, nor is there any tie between the various organizations. But I couldn’t help putting together stories regarding the nomination of the #2 official at the U.S. Department of Justice and a lawsuit over a work-related suspension, and wondering what it says about the kind of society that we are becoming.
First, there’s this from Fox News from a couple of weeks ago:
[Deputy Attorney General nominee David] Ogden frequently represented clients, not all of them nudie-magazines, who challenged what they saw as censorship and unconstitutional restrictions.
For instance, he once filed a brief on behalf of a group of library directors arguing against the Children’s Internet Protection Act. The act ordered libraries and schools receiving funding for the Internet to restrict access to obscene sites. But Ogden’s brief argued that the act impaired the ability of librarians to do their jobs. He called it “unconstitutional,” though the Supreme Court later disagreed with him and upheld the act.
And he argued, on behalf of several media groups, against a child pornography law that required publishers of all kinds to verify and document the age of their models (which would ensure the models are at least 18). The provisions were struck down.
Ogden was quoted at the time saying the potential reach of the law was “mind-boggling” and even “terrifying.”
Then there’s this from today’s Christian Post:
A veteran youth counselor is suing a California children’s home after she was suspended without pay because teenagers under her supervision overheard Christian music.
In a suit filed on Feb. 13, Maureen Loya charged Orangewood Children’s Home with religious discrimination for slapping her with a six-week suspension for “exposing children to unapproved religious activities.”
In July 2006, the counselor took four teenage girls from the Orangewood Children’s Home on an approved field trip to the Anaheim 5K run and then to the beach.
When the group went to Huntington Beach pier, they encountered the Surfrider Foundation’s Celebrity Surf Jam, which featured a surfing competition and concert as part an effort to raise awareness and support for our nation’s beach and coastal environments. The event’s entertainment included Christian-based music groups Incubus and Switchfoot. According to the suit, the group overheard ten minutes of Christian music as they were eating. The girls also visited booths at the pier, some of which were selling Christian items.
Following the beach outing, Loya, who has worked with the group home for 18 years, was questioned about the trip during a disciplinary meeting at the children’s home.
Again, there’s no connection between David Ogden and the Orangewood Children’s Home. But what does it say when a guy who argued against using means to keep children from being exposed to pornography gets a high ranking position at Justice, while a woman who allows children to be in the vicinity of Christian music for 10 minutes gets suspended from her job?