Tuesday, August 09, 2005

ACLosers Free Speech Victory

(AgapePress) - A judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union challenging prayers at school board meetings in Delaware. The lawsuit was filed against members of the Indian River School District Board of Education, a group that regularly opens its business meetings with prayer.

Judge Joseph Farnan ruled that the school board meeting prayers are not a violation of the constitutional provision often referred to as the separation of church and state or the "Establishment Clause," as the ACLU had argued. He also determined that the school board members are immune from the ACLU's liability claims.
Nice to hear that we have a judge that can actually see that prayer is not a violation of the Constitution. I'm always glad to hear about an ACLU defeat, and a victory for freedom of expression.

In dismissing the case against the individual board members, the judge stated that opening a session of the legislature or other deliberative public body with a prayer does not violate the Establishment Clause. He also declared that absolute immunity extends to legislators at all levels of government, including school board members in Delaware.

The Rutherford Institute, an international, non-profit civil liberties organization that works to defend constitutional human rights, became involved in the Indian River school board's case after the Wilmington branch of the ACLU demanded that the district discontinue offering prayers at school events and graduation ceremonies, as well as at school board meetings. Despite ACLU pressure, the board members continued to open their meetings with a brief prayer.Read The Whole Thing

I also must note that I love it when people stand up for their rights. These board members didn't give an inch to the Anti-Chirstian Lawyers Union. More Christians need to start standing up to this dangerous organization. I applaud these board members for standing up for what they believed was right, and their constitutional rights.

Anyway, its a victory for the good guys, and I'm happy to be able to share it with you all.

Crossposted At Stop The ACLU