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The Award for "Invisible Ink"
Judge Ira DeMent — Chandler v. James
We present the award for Invisible Ink
To an activist judge who stirred up a big stink
By thinking his job was new law to invent.
Our winner is clearly Judge Ira DeMent.

The judge's temptation to see words invisible
And think he's infallible was so irresistible.

Chandler v. James is without precedent;
It's a con law contortion by Ira DeMent.

Alabama's indignant at the scope of his decision;
He declared a court war against children's religion.

He joined in the atheists' culture destruction.
By thumbing his nose at the law's strict construction.

Our Constitution's not safe from his gavel and quill;
He's replacing James Madison with Hillary and Bill.

DeMent makes us wonder where common sense went;
He just can't comply with original intent.

He distorted the meaning of First Amendment;
Free Exercise is in danger, we sadly lament.

The Supreme Court allows prayer if started by student.
Under Ira's policemen, even that is imprudent.

This judge has created his own prayer police
To monitor classrooms and tell students to cease
Asking for help from th' Almighty, and then
Inviting their classmates to answer "Amen."

Even prayer in emergency, DeMent won't relent;
He calls it religion Establishment.

He prohibits all prayer, even during a crisis.
No student may utter an ora pro nobis.

No hurricanes, cyclones, killings, disaster
Can make prayer legal under this court schoolmaster.

He banned invocations and all benedictions;
But can't cite prior cases for his activist fictions.

He forbids high school grads to recite godly speeches;
He's determined to censor what everyone teaches.

If schools dare to announce baccalaureate event,
That will bring down the ire of Judge Ira DeMent.

When playing school sports, beware of the shame;
He'll send you to jail for prayers before game.

He forbids kids or teachers to carry a Bible;
Only books are allowed with a secular title.

The teachers must suffer through re-training sessions
And study texts only from Ira's selections.

Prayer monitors report to Judge Ira DeMent
In ex parte sessions, their complaints to present.

This judge is so proud of his way-out decision,
He posted it all over, despite public derision.

Just look at prayer monitors this judge has invented;
He gives new meaning to the word of "demented."

We urge him to promise a new resolution
To stick with the words of our real Constitution.

We all hope some day he'll reform and repent;
So let's join in prayer for Judge Ira DeMent.

by Phyllis Schlafly, June 23, 1998

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