Saturday, March 04, 2006

Bill to deny tax dollars to the ACLU

I don't know about you, but I don't want my tax dollars going to the ACLU to fund frivolous lawsuits in the name of separation of Church and State. While I don't believe in a state mandated religion, I do believe in everyone's right to practice their religion where, when and how they see fit. Those who do not want to participate can simply abstain. By giving priority to those who are "offended" the civil rights of others are trampled on, violated, and denied.

So I fully support the efforts of The American Legion's, with 2.7-million members the largest veterans organization in the world, nationwide grass-roots campaign to support a bill in Congress that would stop the ACLU from receiving taxpayer-paid attorney fees in the many religious-establishment cases .

The Public Expression of Religion Act, or PERA, would amend the Civil Rights Attorney Fees Act to withdraw the authority of courts to award attorney fees, or damages, to the American Civil Liberties Union, or anyone else, in lawsuits brought under the Establishment of Religion clause in the First Ammendment.

Generally unknown to the public, the ACLU has received enormous attorney fee awards from judges in Establishment Clause cases. This has been done in spite of the fact that the ACLU has incurred no actual attorney expenses, because its lawsuits are handled by staff or volunteer lawyers.

Read the entire post here.

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