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March 12, 2007

Like a Turd in a Baptism

Congratulations to the Sierra Club, the WMA tribe, and the Hopis. They succeeded in shutting down snowmaking at Arizona Snowbowl. The Arizona Republic has the article:

The tribes appealed and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court's decision, saying the planned expansion violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

"We are unwilling to hold that authorizing the use of artificial snow at an already functioning commercial ski area in order to expand and improve its facilities, as well as to extend its ski season in dry years, is a governmental interest of the highest order,' " Judge William A. Fletcher wrote for the three-judge panel, which heard arguments in September. He compared the practice to using wastewater in Christian baptisms.

This is going to the Supreme Court and rightly should. This may as well be Kelo all over again. The Courts decide who owns property and how it can be used. They put the needs of a religion over the rights of property owners. They put the tribes ahead of jobs and the economy.

I am going to Snowbowl and I personally am going to piss on the hill, maybe even take a dump. You know that animals occasionally urinate and do number 2 up there too? But using treated wastewater is somehow worse. I guess me taking a crap on the hillside is akin to me pissing in the baptismal waters. Good decision there 9th Circuit.

The celebration plans at the local casino's (Hondah) will be announced shortly.

Posted by Justin at March 12, 2007 02:13 PM