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God Bless and Goodbye: James Lord, anchorman of “Tiger’s Eye News,” the daily TV broadcast at Dupo High School, in Dupo, Ill., was suspended from his job for signing off with “God bless.”

Just before Christmas Vacation??¢â???¬ ¦quot;er, Winter Break??¢â???¬ ¦quot;Lord closed with these offending words: “All of us here at Tiger’s Eye News would like to remind you to give and not be greedy, and have a safe and happy holiday. God bless.”

In retribution, the school banished Lord from the broadcast until February 1.

Principal Jonathan Heerboth told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “We can’t allow one person to use school time to express any personal religious beliefs.”

The American Center for Law and Justice prepared a lawsuit, and the school board relented, reinstating Lord after he promised not to say “God bless” every blessed day. “[T]he School Board,” reported the Post-Dispatch, “doesn’t have a problem with an occasional ‘God bless.'”

Wonder how they’d have handled Janet Jackson?

Equal Time for Child Molesters: Inspired by Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court opinion that declared same-sex sodomy a constitutional right, the ACLU and Lambda Legal foundation are now making demands on behalf of child molesters.

Three years ago, Kansas convicted Matthew Limon, then 18, of having sex with a 14-year-old boy. It was Limon’s third child-molestation conviction, and he was sentenced to 17 years.

The ACLU argued on appeal that the sentence was unconstitutional because it is harsher than the penalty Kansas law demands for 18-year-old boys convicted of sexual relations with 14-year-old girls. The Kansas Court of Appeals voted 2 to 1 to reject the ACLU’s argument.

Kansas Atty. Gen. Phill Kline told the Associated Press that the ACLU was trying to depict Limon as having “a loving teen relationship” when in fact he was “convicted for the third time of molesting a child.” ACLU attorney Tamara Lange, who told the AP she intends to appeal again, called the ruling “a victory for prejudice and fear.” Lambda Legal attorney Susan Sommer said: “This is an opinion that reflects an archaic set of attitudes about homosexuality that the U.S. Supreme Court completely transcended.”

No Deal For This Dad: Jimmy Ray Hunt was at home in York, Pa., on July 3, 2003, when his 17-year-old daughter Jamie called with an emergency. “Jamie,” writes columnist Larry A. Hicks of the York Dispatch, “was at Wal-Mart shopping for nail polish when she was approached by Armondo Hernandez, an illegal alien who happens to be 22 years her senior. Hernandez is alleged to have propositioned Jamie Hunt, offering her $200 and $300 for sex and touching her repeatedly??¢â???¬ ¦quot;even after she clearly told him to leave her alone.”

Hunt raced to the Wal-Mart, keeping his daughter on the line. When he arrived, Hernandez was coming at his daughter again. So, Hunt punched him in the nose, and detained him for the police.

But they arrested Hunt, too. Hernandez pleaded guilty to indecent assault and harassment, and is now awaiting deportation. Hunt was charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct. But he is refusing a plea bargain offered by the prosecutor. “I told them no??¢â???¬ ¦quot;I’m not pleading guilty to anything,” Hunt told columnist Hicks. “I’ll take my chances with a jury.”