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Re: Louisiana Will Face Lawsuit If New Law Brings Religion Into Public School         

Group: alt.politics.usa.constitution · Group Profile
Author: Cary Kittrell
Date: Jun 17, 2008 18:11

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> This is all lies. The ACLU is Anti-Christian, and Anti-Liberty.
> The ACLU is Communist. The ACLU is UnAmerican. The ACLU Hates God and
> jesus.

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*Rhode Island* ACLU (2006) filed an appeal in federal court on behalf of
an inmate who was barred from preaching during Christian religious
services, something he had done for the past seven years under the
supervision and support of prison clergy. The prisoner, Wesley Spratt,
believes his preaching is a calling from God. Prison officials cited
vague and unsubstantiated security reasons for imposing the preaching
ban on Mr. Spratt. The ACLU argued that the ban violates Mr. Spratt's
religious freedoms guaranteed to prisoners under federal law.
www.riaclu.org/20060111.html <http://www.riaclu.org/20060111.html>

The ACLU of *Nevada* (2005) defended the free exercise rights and free
speech rights of evangelical Christians to preach on the sidewalks of
the Strip in Las Vegas.
www.kvbc.com/Global/story.asp?S=3379553&nav=15MVaB2T
<http://www.kvbc.com/Global/story.asp?S=3379553&nav=15MVaB2T>

The ACLU of *New Mexico* (2005) joined forces with the American Family
Association to succeed in freeing a preacher, Shawn Miller, from the
Roosevelt County jail, where he was held for 109 days for street
preaching. The ACLU became involved at the request of Miller's wife,
Theresa. www.stcynic.com/blog/
archives/2005/08/aclu_defends_another_street_pr.php
<http://www.stcynic.com/blog/archives/2005/08/aclu_defends_another_street_pr.php>;
www.aclu.org/religion/gen/19918prs20050804.html
<http://www.aclu.org/religion/gen/19918prs20050804.html>

The ACLU of *New Jersey* (2005) filed a a motion to submit a
friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Olivia Turton, a second-grade
student who was forbidden from singing "Awesome God" in a voluntary,
after-school talent show. The only restriction on the student's
selection for the talent show was that it be "G-rated." The case, filed
in federal court, is /Turton, et al. v. Frenchtown Elementary School, et
al. /www.aclu.org/religion/schools/20174prs20050920.html
<http://www.aclu.org/religion/schools/20174prs20050920.html>

The ACLU of *Michigan* (2005) filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of
Joseph Hanas, a Catholic, who was criminally punished for not completing
a drug rehabilitation program run by the Pentecostal group. Part of the
program required reading the Bible for seven hours a day, proclaiming
one's salvation at the alter, and being tested on Pentecostal
principles. Staff confiscated Mr. Hanas's rosary and told him
Catholicism was witchcraft.
www.aclu.org/religion/govtfunding/22354prs20051206.html
<http://www.aclu.org/religion/govtfunding/22354prs20051206.html>

The ACLU of *Pennsylvania* (2005) won a battle against Turtle Creek
Borough that repeatedly denied an occupancy permit to a predominantly
African-American church, Ekklesia, which had purchased the church
building from a predominantly white parish. The case is /Ekklesia Church
v. Borough of Turtle Creek/. The case was settled.
www.aclupa.org/downloads/SpringDocket.pdf
<http://www.aclupa.org/downloads/SpringDocket.pdf>

The ACLU of *Oregon* (2004-05) filed suit on behalf of high school
basketball players from an Adventist school against the Oregon School
Activities Association, which administers competitive athletic and
artistic competitions in Oregon high schools. The ACLU argued that the
Adventist basketball players who have made it to the state tournament
should not be required to play tournament games on Saturday, their
Sabbath. The case, argued in Oregon courts, is /Nakashima v. Board Of
Education/. www.aclu-or.org/litigation/portlandadventacademy/PAA.html
<http://www.aclu-or.org/litigation/portlandadventacademy/PAA.html>

The ACLU of *Washington* (2004) reached a favorable settlement on behalf
of Donald Ausderau, a Christian minister, who wanted to preach to the
public on Plaza sidewalks. www.aclu-wa.org/detail.cfm?id=57
<http://www.aclu-wa.org/detail.cfm?id=57>

The ACLU of *Virginia* (2004) interceded with local authorities on
behalf of Baptist preachers who were refused permission to perform
baptisms in the river in Falmouth Waterside Park in Stafford County.
www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A16839-2004Jun4
<http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A16839-2004Jun4>;
www.aclu.org/religion/discrim/16230prs20040603.html
<http://www.aclu.org/religion/discrim/16230prs20040603.html>

The *Indiana* Civil Liberties Union (2004) filed suit against the city
of Scottsburg for their repeated threats of arrest and/or citation
against members of the Old Paths Baptist Church for demonstrating
regarding various subjects dealing with their religious beliefs.
www.iclu.org/news/news_article.asp?ID=978
<http://www.iclu.org/news/news_article.asp?ID=978>

The ACLU of *Pennsylvania* (2005) won a battle against Turtle Creek
Borough that repeatedly denied an occupancy permit to a predominantly
African-American church, Ekklesia, which had purchased the church
building from a predominantly white parish. The case is /Ekklesia Church
v. Borough of Turtle Creek/. The case was settled. With the help of the
ACLU of Pennsylvania Greater Pittsburgh Chapter (2004), the Church Army,
an Episcopal social service group, was able to keep its program of
feeding the homeless running. The ACLU convinced the County Health
Department to reverse a decision that meals served to homeless people in
a church must be cooked on the premises, as opposed to individual homes.
Had the decision not been reversed, the ministry would have been forced
to cease the program.

The ACLU of *Pennsylvania* (2004) was victorious in its arguments that
government had to accommodate Amish drivers who used highly reflective
gray tape on their buggies instead of orange triangles, to which the
Amish objected for religious reasons.
www.post-gazette.com/localnews/20021020amish1020p6.asp.
<http://www.post-gazette.com/localnews/20021020amish1020p6.asp.>

The ACLU of *Pennsylvania* (2004) settled a lawsuit on behalf of Second
Baptist Church of Homestead, a predominantly African-American church
that had been denied a zoning permit to operate in a church building
purchased by a white congregation. The occupancy permit was awarded in
2002, and in 2004, the Borough of West Mifflin agreed to pay damages and
compensate the church for its loses. The case is /Second Baptist Church
of Homestead v. Borough of West Mifflin/.
www.post-gazette.com/neigh_south/20021029churchsuitsouth2p2.asp
<http://www.post-gazette.com/neigh_south/20021029churchsuitsouth2p2.asp>;
www.post-gazette.com/localnews/20021116aclureg6p6.asp
<http://www.post-gazette.com/localnews/20021116aclureg6p6.asp>;
www.post-gazette.com/pg/04111/303298.stm
<http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04111/303298.stm>

The ACLU of *Massachusetts* (2003) intervened on behalf of a group of
students at Westfield High School who were suspended for distributing
candy canes and a religious message in school. The ACLU succeeded in
having the suspensions revoked and filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit
brought on behalf of the students against the school district. Students
who were suspended include Daniel S. Souza, Stephen J. Grabowski, Sharon
L. Sitler and Paul Sitler.
www.aclu.org/studentsrights/expression/12828prs20030221.html
<http://www.aclu.org/studentsrights/expression/12828prs20030221.html>

The ACLU of *Rhode Island* (2003) interceded on behalf of an
interdenominational group of carolers who were denied the opportunity to
sing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve to inmates at the women's prison
in Cranston, Rhode Island.
www.rifrn.net/blog/blogs/noskin_b.php?p=45&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1
<http://www.rifrn.net/blog/blogs/noskin_b.php?p=45&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1>

The *Iowa* Civil Liberties Union (2002) publicly supported a group of
Christian students who filed a lawsuit against Davenport Schools
asserting their right to distribute religious literature during
non-instructional time. The ICLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief in
the suit on behalf of the students.
www.aclu.org/studentsrights/religion/12811prs20020711.html
<http://www.aclu.org/studentsrights/religion/12811prs20020711.html>

The ACLU of *Massachusetts* (2002) filed a brief supporting the right of
the Church of the Good News to run ads criticizing the secularization of
Christmas and promoting Christianity as the "one true religion" after
the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority refused to allow the paid
advertisements to be posted and to sell additional advertising space to
the church. www.aclu.org/freespeech/gen/10925prs20020108.html
<http://www.aclu.org/freespeech/gen/10925prs20020108.html>

The ACLU of *Virginia* (2002) joined the Rev. Jerry Falwell in winning a
lawsuit arguing the Virginia Constitution's provision that bans
religious organizations from incorporating is unconstitutional.
www.aclu.org/religion/frb/16040prs20020417.html
<http://www.aclu.org/religion/frb/16040prs20020417.html>

The ACLU of *Michigan* (beginning in 2001) represented Abby Moler, a
student at Sterling Heights Stevenson High School, whose yearbook entry
was deleted because of its religious content.
www.freep.com/cgi-bin/forms/printerfriendly.pl
<http://www.freep.com/cgi-bin/forms/printerfriendly.pl>;
www.aclu.org/studentsrights/expression/12845prs20040511.html
<http://www.aclu.org/studentsrights/expression/12845prs20040511.html>

The ACLU of *Massachusetts* (2000) defended inmate Peter Kane's right to
exercise his religious beliefs when prison officials confiscated his
rosary beads. The rosary beads were black and white and prison rules
allow only solid-colored beads. www.firmstand.org/news/rosary.html
<http://www.firmstand.org/news/rosary.html>

The ACLU of *Virginia* (2000) represented Charles D. Johnson, a street
preacher who was convicted under Richmond's noise ordinance. The
Virginia Court of Appeals reversed his conviction in 2000. The case is
/Johnson v. City of Richmond/, 2000 WL 1459848 (Va. App. 2000).

The ACLU of Eastern *Missouri* (1999) secured a favorable settlement for
a nurse, Miki M. Cain, who was fired for wearing a cross-shaped lapel
pin on her uniform. legalminds.lp.findlaw.com/list/news/msg00021.html
<http://legalminds.lp.findlaw.com/list/news/msg00021.html>

The ACLU of *Virginia* (1997-1999) represented Rita Warren and her
mission to erect a crèche on Fairfax County government space that had
been set aside as a public forum. The ACLU argued restricting the use of
the public forum to county residents only was an unreasonable
restriction. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the ACLU.
www.providence.edu/polisci/cammarano/article-Masters.htm
<http://www.providence.edu/polisci/cammarano/article-Masters.htm>;
www.catholicherald.com/eddesk/97ed/ed971211.htm
<http://www.catholicherald.com/eddesk/97ed/ed971211.htm>

The ACLU of *Iowa* (1997) represented Conservative Christians in Clarke
County and won the right to force a county referendum on gambling.
www.aclu.org/studentsrights/expression/12852prs20050429.html
<http://www.aclu.org/studentsrights/expression/12852prs20050429.html>

The ACLU of *Pennsylvania* Greater Pittsburgh Chapter (1997) represented
Carlyn Kline, a fundamentalist Christian woman who challenged the
legality of a mandatory divorce-counseling program conducted by Catholic
Charities. Her religious beliefs prohibited her from attending
"non-Christian" counseling.

The ACLU of *Pennsylvania* Greater Pittsburgh Chapter (1997) intervened
on behalf of a Mennonite nurse and prevented his firing for refusing to
shave his beard for religious reasons. The employer demanded the nurse
shave his beard so the state-issued mask to guard against tuberculosis
would fit tightly despite the employee's offer to purchase a more
expensive mask that would is approved for work with T.B. patients and
that would fit properly with his beard intact. After receiving telephone
calls and letters from the ACLU, the state employer agreed to
accommodate the nurse's religion.

Amish farmers benefited from the ACLU of *Pennsylvania* Greater
Pittsburgh Chapter's letter threatening a lawsuit if the Elk Lick
Township rescind a municipal ordinance that prohibited farm tractors
with steel wheels from traveling on or over the township's roads. Amish
religious beliefs dictate that they maintain steel wheels on their
tractors and the ordinance prevented Amish farmers from moving their
tractors from one farm to another, and in some cases from one part of
their property to another. The township rescinded the ordinance in 1995
and dropped all charges against the various persons charged under the
ordinance.

The ACLU of *Pennsylvania* Greater Pittsburgh Chapter (1995) represented
a 17-year-old foster child who was being forced to attend her foster
family's church. The foster child was Methodist and the church she was
being forced to attend was not of the Methodist faith. After the ACLU
threatened to sue the county allowed the child to attend a Methodist
church and placed her in a different foster home.

The ACLU of *Pennsylvania* Greater Pittsburgh Chapter (1995) secured the
right of a minister from the United Methodist Church to hold meetings in
the Harmony Township Borough building that was open for use by community
groups.

*Iowa* affiliate of the ACLU (1995) represented and vindicated the free
speech and religious expression of a conservative Christian activist,
Elaine Jaquith of Waterloo, who had been denied access to broadcast her
message on public television.
www.aclu.org/studentsrights/expression/12852prs20050429.html
<http://www.aclu.org/studentsrights/expression/12852prs20050429.html>

The ACLU of *Texas* (beginning in 1995) represented Catholic and Mormon
Santa Fe High School students who opposed the proselytizing prayers
offered by the school's student council chaplain over the public address
system prior to home football games. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed that
public schools should not be used to proselytize on behalf of religion.
/Santa Fe Independent School Dist. v. Doe/, 530 U.S. 290 (2000)
www.oyez.org/oyez/resource/case/683
<http://www.oyez.org/oyez/resource/case/683>

The ACLU of *Vermont* (1994-95) represented evangelical Christians Freda
and Perry Hollyer, who were denied Medicaid and food stamp benefits
because they refused to obtain social security numbers for their
children. The Hollyers believed that obtaining social security numbers
for their children ran contrary to their understanding of the Book of
Revelations. The ACLU appealed the denial to the state's Human Services
Board. The Board ruled in favor of the Hollyers holding that the state's
legitimate interests in preventing fraud could be achieved without use
of a social security number. The Board's ruling is on file with the
ACLU's Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief.

The ACLU of *Utah* (1990s) represented an evangelical Christian ministry
that had been evicted and denied future access as a vendor at a state
fair because fair-goers objected to the religious content of the
message. www.acluutah.org/01report.htm
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