July 01, 2007

Mohawk blessing = prayer

Mohawks lose lawsuit over blessing in school

Judge says Native American address could be seen as religiousA federal judge on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit by a group of Mohawk Indians who contended their local school district discriminated against them when officials there took a traditional Native American blessing off their public address system.

Officials at the Salmon River school district near Akwesasne in northern New York didn't remove the Thanksgiving Address from the district's public address system because it was Mohawk, nor could they be faulted for thinking the blessing could be akin to a prayer, ruled U.S. Northern District Court Judge Thomas McAvoy.


writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Heaven forfend that Natives should trample on long-standing Federal and state approvals of The Pedge of Allegiance and The Decalogue and mottoes about 'God' that grace US monies and Protestant ministers/prayers that open and close most Federal and state official sessions! Remember the Golden Rule: whoever owns Ft. Knox makes the rules...
All Best
Russ Bates

Rob said...

I agree that all these things violate the First Amendment, in general.