The ADL has adopted Guss' nonsensical criticism of Boks' expression of his beliefs which they claim are are in violation of the "Constitutional prohibition of fusing church and state."
Apparently they regard themselves as Constitutional law experts.
Ed Boks is violating the Constitutional prohibition of fusing church and state with his dripping-with-religion post on the city run animal services web site under Boks blog. Boks' religious post mentions "God" 11 times, and includes biblical quotes. Boks use of the word "God" and his biblical quotes violate the Constitution of the United States, which requires separation of church & state. Boks has turned the City's website into Sunday church.
In fact, the First Amendment of the Constitution specifically states regarding religious expression:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Can it be clearer? The Constitution prohibits Congress from passing any law regarding established religions, or establishing same, such as when Henry VIII established the Church of England; it does not prohibit a public official at any level of government from a personal expression, religious or otherwise.
The Constitution prohibits the feds from prohibiting the free exercise of religious beliefs or the freedom of speech. If anything, Guss and ADL are trying to make the City prohibit Boks from freely expressing his opinions, religious or otherwise.
Second, Bok's blog is his blog and is not part of the LAAS website and doesn't cost the City a dime. There may be a link from the LAAS site, but the blog is not part of that site.
They also state that Boks does not meet the educational requirements that Stuckey and the new AGMs had to meet--a baccalaureate.
Well, Stuckey did have a B.A. and was a flop--at least in ADL's eyes. Boks was not hired under the Stuckey criteria nor the criteria he helped set, a baccalaureate. So, what is their point?
ADL constantly talks about the need for compassion for animals and quotes Schweitzer and Gandhi. Any attack on Boks for stating the same beliefs is hypochritical.
I thought competence might be more important than a B.A. Besides, from my own experience, Wayne State University is an institution best fled.