Gary Bauer’s End of Day Report

The pattern is well established. The ACLU comes in and threatens a local school or small town with a lawsuit over a prayer at a graduation ceremony or a copy of the Ten Commandments on a courthouse wall. The school principal or the town mayor must now face the prospect of paying court costs and the ACLU’s legal fees if they lose the case in court, which is a very risky gamble given the hostility of our rogue judiciary to religious freedom issues. (Those legal fees, by the way, have provided the ACLU with millions of taxpayer dollars!) So the local officials cave in order to save the taxpayers’ money. Now one pro-family congressman is trying to stop this liberal legal extortion.

Rep. John Hostettler of Indiana has proposed legislation that would prohibit the collection of legal fees in cases involving the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, which reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” The ACLU and liberal judges focus only on the first half of that clause, and they still get it wrong! Rep. Hostettler has introduced this bill in part because the ACLU of Indiana is suing to ban prayers that mention the name of Jesus at opening sessions of the state legislature, claiming that such prayers are intolerant and ought to be illegal in a public forum.

Don’t be fooled, my friends. The ACLU is not defending religious tolerance — they are trying to silence all religious expression, starting with Christian prayers. Men and women of faith should never forget that the ACLU supported the lawsuit that tried to rip “under God” from our Pledge of Allegiance; no mention of Jesus there, just God, but that was too much for the ACLU. Kudos to Rep. Hostettler! With an annual budget in excess of $40 million, millions of God-fearing taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the ACLU’s efforts to secularize America.