Judge Rules On "Free Exercise Thereof"

11 04 2006

Finally, a judge who does not legislate from the bench. And it has the ACLU dumbfounded.

Via Montana News

A federal judge has ordered an upstate New York school district to return bricks inscribed with Christian messages to a high school walkway, and a pro-family civil liberties attorney is praising the outcome as a victory against viewpoint discrimination.

The dispute arose after the Mexico Academy High School class of 1999 in Mexico, New York (Oswego County), sold bricks that could be inscribed with personal messages and included in a walkway as a fundraiser. However, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) complained that certain bricks, particularly those inscribed with the messages “Jesus Saves/John 3:16” and “Jesus Christ, the only way,” constituted public school endorsement of Christianity.

The ACLU maintained that the bricks violated the so-called “separation of church and state,” and the group’s complaints prompted school officials to remove the contested bricks in 2000.

Pro-family attorney John Whitehead is president of The Rutherford Institute, the civil liberties and human rights defense organization that represented the Christian plaintiffs in the lawsuit, arguing that the school’s censorship violated rights guaranteed to citizens by the First and Fourteenth Amendments as well as by the New York Constitution. He is pleased with the court’s ruling and says it is consistent with the outcomes of many similar suits in which his legal group has been involved.

It’s nice to see a judge ruling on the true meaning of the First Amendment. This does not endorse a particular denomination, but it did prohibit the free exercise. Hence the ruling. Put the bricks back.

H/T: Stop The ACLU
Others: Jawa Report

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