Pat Robertson's law group the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ--sound like any other legal groups you've heard of?) has picked up the cities' case and will argue it before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 28th. This move by the ACLJ may not seem surprising since the ACLJ is a religious group, however, as blogger Ed Brayton points out
What I find fascinating about it is how it conflicts with the ACLJ's long history of arguing equal access cases. Jay Sekulow of the ACLJ argued the Merghens case and the Lamb's Chapel case, both important victories for the concept of equal access to public facilities. Yet here they are arguing against that idea.I'm quite interested to see how the Supreme Court rules. It seems a no-brainer to me, though.
In case you're curious, here are the Seven Aphorisms:
Summum teaches that these were the original commandments given by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai--the set of commandments that Moses destroyed after coming down the mountain and being digusted with the Israelites. Moses went back up the mountain and came down with "lower laws that were more readily and easily understood by the Israelites", i.e. the Ten Commandments.
- Summum is mind, thought; the universe is a mental creation (the principle of psychokinesis)
- As above, so below; as below, so above (the principle of correspondence)
- Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates (the principle of vibration)
- Everything is dual; everything has an opposing point; everything has its pair of opposites; like and unlike are the same; opposites are identical in nature, but different in degree; extremes bond; all truths are but partial truths; all paradoxes may be reconciled (the principle of opposition)
- Everything flows out and in; everything has its season; all things rise and fall; the pendulum swing expresses itself in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates (the principle of rhythm)
- Every cause has its effect; every effect has its cause; everything happens according to Law; chance is just a name for Law not recognized; there are many fields of causation, but nothing escapes the Law of Destiny (the principle of cause and effect)
- Gender is in everything; everything has its masculine and feminine principles; gender manifests on all levels (the principle of gender)
hat tip: Dispatches from the Culture Wars