Oddly, Joe Knollenberg has been invited to speak to the JVS Networking and Awards Luncheon in organization.
I say oddly because Joe Knollenberg is NOT a supporter of the jewish community. Oh he claims to be alright – but he claims to be an environmentalist too and we know he isn’t one of those either.
Joe Knollenberg voted YES last year on HR 2679 – the Christian Supremacy Bill. Why is it called the Christian Supremacy Bill? Because it would make challenging a state or local government’s support of the Christian religion nearly impossible.
The synopsis of the Bill: “Vote to pass a bill that prohibits monetary awards and bans attorneys' fees in all civil action cases against any federal, state or local officials, due to an alleged violation of the “establishment of religion.”
Here is the type of lawsuit the Christian Supremacy Bill was trying to ban:
A jewish family living in the Indian River School District in Delaware were living a nightmare. They were the only jewish family in the area and their school district had created an “environment of religious exclusion” and state-sponsored religion. At Samantha Dobrich’s high school graduation in 2004, the class had an invocation by a local pastor who said about her:
“I also pray for one specific student, that You be with her and guide her in the path that You have for her. And we ask all these things in Jesus' name.
Other situations in the same school district included:
- The district's "custom and practice of school-sponsored prayer"
- The district ignored the Supreme Court's 1992 Lee decision limiting prayer at graduation ceremonies
- District teachers and staff led Bible clubs at several schools. Club members got to go to the head of the lunch line.
- While Bible clubs were widely available, student book clubs were rare and often canceled by the district.
- When Jane Doe complained that her non-Christian son "Jordan Doe" was left alone when his classmates when to Bible club meetings, district staff insisted that Jordan should attend the club regardless of his religion.
- The district schools distributed Bibles to students in 2003, giving them time off from class to pick up the books.
- Prayer is a routine part of district sports programs and social events
- A middle school teacher told students there was only "one true religion" and gave them pamphlets for his surfing ministry.
- Samantha Dobrich's honors English teacher frequently discussed Christianity, but no other religion.
- Students frequently made mandatory appearances at district board meetings -- where they were a captive audience for board members' prayers to Jesus.
The family was able to sue the school board because the law provides that if the school board loses, they would have to pay the family’s legal fees. The Christian Supremacy Act was intended to prohibit families from being able to bring such suits by banning such payments for legal fees. Thus, any family that suffered religious discrimination but couldn’t afford hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees would be precluded from pursuing their constitutional rights.
JOE KNOLLENBERG VOTED TO STOP LAWSUITS LIKE THE ONE FILED BY THE DOBRICH FAMILY. [HR 2679, Rollcall Vote # 480]
Of course, HR 2679 is only one part of a plan for “Christian Nationalism”. As stated by the Family Research Council, one of the driving forces behind Christian Nationalism – and a supporter of Joe Knollenberg :
"While it is true that the United States of America was founded on the sacred principle of religious freedom for all, that liberty was never intended to exalt other religions to the level that Christianity holds in our country's heritage...Our founders expected that Christianity -- and no other religion -- would receive support from the government as long as that support did not violate peoples' consciences and their right to worship. They would have found utterly incredible the idea that all religions, including paganism, be treated with equal deference."
Joe Knollenberg voted YES on the Christian Supremacy Act.
This makes the thought of his speaking at the JVS networking and awards luncheon extremely disturbing.
Why would JVS want someone who is so obviously anti-jewish to speak at their meeting? As a jew I find this particularly offensive.
Why doesn't Joe think ALL AMERICANS are entitled to constitutional protections?