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Thursday, April 05, 2007

ACLU Experiences Loss In Their Attempt To Ban Boy Scouts From DOD Bases

I always feel good when common sense prevails. It's good to know that not every court in this land has lost their way when it comes to interpreting the U.S. Constitution.

Recently, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously reversed the District Court decision in Winkler v Gates, a lawsuit to prohibit the Department of Defense (DOD) from supporting Boy Scouts jamborees by hosting them on federal property. The Scouting Legal Defense Fund staunchly defended the Scouts by filing an amicus brief in the case in support of the DOD.

The ACLU had previously won a victory in the District Court by claiming that Fort Hill's allowance of the Boy Scouts to hold their Jamboree on their premises was somehow, (in the sophistic, twisted logic of the ACLU), a violation of the Constitution. The ACLU presented the absurd argument that the Boy Scouts were a "religion", (hmm... a perusal of all of the denominations of Christianity reveal no Boy Scout denomination. The same is true of Judaism, Islam, Hindu, Buddhist religions etc. They similarly don't contain a Boy Scout faction.), and therefore, the DOD's permission to host a Boy Scout Jamboree on its property was an attempt to circumvent the Constitution's prohibition of the "establishment of religion".

Yep. The ACLU expect for you to believe that the presence of a Boy Scout Jamboree on DOD property is a blatant attempt to establish a national religion, (which would soon become compulsory for all American citizens if it weren't for the valiant efforts of the good old ACLU). Is this a bunch of ridiculous sophistry on their part? You bet. But, they are counting on citizens who are ignorant about what the Constitution actually says regarding citizen's freedom of expression of religion in this country to see them as performing some kind of important service to them on their behalf to protect them from the evil Boy Scouts and their mission to convert all American citizens to their religious view point.

This is utter poppycock!

I've posted on the fallacy of the ACLU's argument regarding their mythical "separation of Church and State several times on my blog, so I won't repeat it in this post. I think what the General Counsel for the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) Peter Ferrara's comments about the 7th Circuit Court's reversal decision say it all:

"What sound public purpose does it serve for the ACLU to be suing an organization like the Boy Scouts over their national jamboree? The interpretation of the Establishment Clause advanced by the ACLU is so extreme that it does not serve to protect liberty, but, rather, it assaults the liberty of the religious and those seeking to promote traditional moral values."

I couldn't have said it better. The ACLU is basically a bunch of misguided lawyers who stand to take away more American Constitutionally granted freedoms (civil liberties) than they do protect them.

The Constitution grants the right to freedom of religion.

What it doesn't grant, is the right to freedom from religion.

Only an egghead would believe that a Boy Scout Jamboree is an event that "establishes a national religion" in violation of the 1rst Amendment.

I'm glad that both the Scouting Legal Defense Fund and the ACRU exists. It's about time someone stood up to those despicable lawyers that make up the ACLU. The more you follow the ACLU's actions, the more it is plain to see that they are anything but "American".

If, and when, any religious group does try to establish themselves as a national religion that threatens the freedom of American citizen's right to choose their own religion (or none) to follow then, I will be right there immediately on the ACLU's side if they challenge that. But that hasn't even come close to happening yet.

Given their penchant for attacking non-issues so vehemently, I doubt that that the ACLU would recognize an actual attempt to breach the 1rst Amendment's establishment of a national religion ban, even if it was right under their anti-religious noses.

So, thank you 7th Circuit Court, for helping to salvage my lost faith in our judicial system. It's good to know that the ACLU can't bully every judicial court in our great land.


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