Why is the Dobrich intimidation case going national ?UPDATE:
I neglected one additonal factor that is making this a national story. The fact that the "Stop the ACLU Coalition" posted the Dobriches home address and phone number.
This tactic has been the focus of many of the stories writtn about the case so far.
The other reasons:
- Five elected officials in Delaware have endorsed Christianity as the official religion of the Indian River School District.
Those elected officials are all Republicans: - State Reps. John Atkins, Joe Booth, Ben Ewing, Gerald Hocker and Biff Lee
- This state endorsement of Christianity as the official religion for the Indian River School district is unconstitutional, AND
- That state endorsement of Christianity as the official religion for the Indian River School district has emboldened extremists to make death threats against the Dobrich family.
Michael Castle, the leader of the Republican party in Delaware is complicit in this endorsement of Christianity as the official religion of the Indian River School District AND through his silence on the issue complicit in the intimidation of the Dobrich Family.
It is now 24 hours since I called Mr. Castle's office for a comment. Still nothing. I made a follow-up call this morning. Here is a rough transcript:Jake:
Congressman Castle's office this is Jake. Me:
Hi, this is Jason calling from Delawareliberal. I was wondering if Mr. Castle has a comment on the Dobrich family being driven out of the Indian River School district by the intimidation tatctics of the "Stop the ACLU Committee"?Jake:
Not to my knowledge - but that would be a question for his press secretary who is with the Congressman right now. I can pass that along if you'd like? Me:
Well I asked that question yesterday and did not get a reply, so I have a more specific question. Four Republican state reps have endorsed Christianity as the official religion of the Indian River School district, and I was wondering if Congressman Castle, as the leader of Delaware Republican's agrees that Christianity should be the official religion of the Indian River school district? Jake:
Okay. I'll pass that along. Me:
Do you have my phone number? Jake:
What is it?Me: