Tuesday, December 8, 2015

ACLU Sues To Stop Jesus Prayers (again), Despite Supreme Court

by Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt: The ACLU is suing (again) to stop Jesus prayers, this time to silence elected officials, despite losing at the Supreme Court last year.

"Rowan County’s prayer lawsuit is two months away from oral arguments, but recent court filings show a shift away from the most significant part of an initial complaint," reports the Salisbury Post.

"When the American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of three Rowan County residents, filed suit in 2013, the organization focused on the content of prayers.

"To plant sectarian prayers at the heart of local government is a prescription for religious discord," the original complaint states...

But the ACLU changed their tune after the Supreme Court ruled "Jesus prayers" by pastors are OK. Now they're arguing only pastors or citizens, but not elected officials, may pray in Jesus' name at public meetings.

"By saying 'let us pray' or 'please pray with me,' ACLU lawyers argue commissioners intend for the audience to participate. Rowan County’s lawyers call the statements an invitation rather than a direction...

"Rowan County hasn’t yet spent a significant sum of money on the lawsuit. The only recorded legal costs are to county attorney Jay Dees. The most significant costs paid to Dees occurred as Rowan County first retained The National Center For Life and Liberty in the suit. Cost estimates for fees paid to Dees are less than $5,000."

Freedom of speech is not only for pastors or citizens, it is for all people, including elected officials. If the Founders wanted to silence elected officials, then why did they themselves frequently pray "in Jesus' name" and promote the Bible?
Chaplain Gordon James Klingenschmitt, PhD, leads the Praying In Jesus Name ministry.

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