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Friday, June 07, 2013

How the ACLU Finances Some Lawsuits

The taxpayers in Pittsylvania County in Virginia could end up paying almost $60,000 in legal expenses to the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia because the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the county board opening its meetings with a prayer, and the ACLU won the case. A U.S. District Court judge issued a permanent injunction barring the county board from having anyone say the prayers. Incidentally, the judge who ordered the payment to the ACLU was Michael Urbanski, the same judge who once suggested that the Ten Commandments be censored down to six commandments in order to be legally displayed in public. Lawsuits against prayers are a major way that the ACLU finances its litigation against Christianity. A federal law states that the prevailing plaintiff in a civil rights case -- including religion cases -- is entitled to be reimbursed for its attorney's fees when it wins a case.

Filing lawsuits to stop the saying of prayers or invocations at public meetings is a major project of the ACLU and provides a flow of income to pay for the litigation. Another way the ACLU wins its cases to silence mention of religion is to file lawsuits against small entities of government -- cities and counties -- and also against small school districts, which lack enough funds in their budget to defend the case; so they just cave in and cancel their invocations or mention of religion in response to a threatening letter from the ACLU.

The last time the Republicans had a majority in Congress, a bill to protect religious freedom from such ACLU financial awards passed the House of Representatives, but not the Senate. Passing this bill is one of the things we want Congress to do if and when Republicans take control of both Houses of Congress and elect a President who will sign the legislation.

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