But in Utah, a city can’t be compelled to tell you so.
A small religious group called Summum wanted to force Pleasant Grove City, Utah to place a marker containing its seven principles. The Supreme Court today rejected its claim that the city could not pick and choose which religious or philosophical statements could be displayed as public speech in a public setting. A Summum victory in this case would have forced governments and communities to permit any group to place any statement if any others were already in place.
I think it’s the right decision. Governments should be able to permit what they like in public places, without violating the Establishment Clause.
On the other hand, it wouldn’t surprise me if Summum’s web site will need some more horsepower – they’re probably going to get lots of hits. So everybody wins.
What do these guys believe? Well, their web site says:
The mission of Summum is simply this:
To help you liberate and emancipate you from yourself
and turn you into an Overcomer
Yeah. They claim that early Christian philosophers, particularly Gnostics, believed what they believe. I have to read a bunch to talk intelligently about this, so I’ll just list the seven main “principles of creation”:
- THE PRINCIPLE OF PSYCHOKINESIS
- THE PRINCIPLE OF CORRESPONDENCE
- THE PRINCIPLE OF VIBRATION (My personal favorite.)
- THE PRINCIPLE OF OPPOSITION
- THE PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM
- THE PRINCIPLE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT
- THE PRINCIPLE OF GENDER
A perusal of the web site makes me think that it’s two armfuls of books from the New Age section of a discount bookstore thrown in a Cuisinart® and poured into nice frosty glasses. Well, whatever works. (But not in Pleasant Grove City.)
Cool! Jesus brought some donut holes. (from the Summum web site.)