When God needs a joke, He just has to look at us


Published: Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 1:25 a.m.
It's been a funny year along America's border between church and state. Funny strange and funny ha-ha.
Good thing the First Amendment is more than paper. Good thing God has a sense of humor.
A federal court ruled that a granite sculpture of the Ten Commandments must be removed from Alabama's judicial building.
Meanwhile, another federal court ruled that a 5-foot stone monument of the Ten Commandments could stay at the state Capitol in Texas.
"Before God we are all equally wise and equally foolish," Albert Einstein said.
A federal court ruled that a city could ban a church from residential areas.
A state court ruled that a church does not have to own property to qualify as a church under the law.
"There, but for the grace of God, goes God," Winston Churchill said.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Ohio could give public money to religious schools.
A few weeks later, a federal court ruled Florida couldn't.
A federal appeals court ruled that the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance are unconstitutional.
The same court ruled a state was wrong to deny a scholarship to a college student who declared religious studies as his major.
"I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated His ability," Oscar Wilde said.
Officials in Ohio tried to stop a couple from feeding the poor from their home because neighbors complained about the traffic.
Officials in Los Angeles tried to stop monks from feeding and clothing the homeless because neighbors complained about the traffic.
And officials in Virginia tried to stop a woman from feeding and clothing the needy from her house because neighbors complained about the traffic.
"If God lived on Earth, people would break his windows," a Yiddish proverb goes.
A city in Connecticut ordered a store owner to remove a big sign that said "GENO IS GOD." Geno Auriemma is coach of the University of Connecticut's women's basketball team.
A church near the store complained. "God is God. God is not Geno," a church official told reporters.
The store owner resisted. City officials backed off. They said the sign could stay, but it had to be smaller.
"There is hope for the future because God has a sense of humor and we are funny to God," Bill Cosby once said.
Funny strange or funny ha-ha?

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