I just unearthed this old article from the American Family Association website, and it illustrates another wonderful idea of Brownback’s:
Some U.S. senators this week have heard testimony from both sides on a piece of legislation that would strip legal fees from church-state lawsuits. Such legal victories, often described as “Establishment Clause” cases, have provided the American Civil Liberties Union with millions of dollars in profits as it pursues numerous cases challenging public displays of religious belief in America.
Senator Sam Brownback (Rep.-KS) says public officials who fear costly litigation often cave in to the mere threat of lawsuits alleging violation of the separation of church and state. That is why he is sponsoring a Senate bill that would block plaintiffs from collecting attorneys fees for lawsuits alleging “establishment of religion.”
The idea is, and was, quite brilliant. The leftist response was predictably alarmist:
Recently, Rep. John Hostettler (R-IN) introduced the Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005 (PERA). PERA enjoys the support of forty-five other sponsors (all Republicans save one), and of the American Legion. James Madison, however, must be rolling over in his grave.
PERA is a creative attempt to forestall Establishment Clause attacks on public displays of religion – from statues and plaques of the Ten Commandments placed at courthouses, to government placement of religious symbols such as crosses and menorahs in public areas. Indeed, PERA’s language goes so far that it could even protect government-sponsored sectarian prayers from Establishment Clause challenge.
Oh, no! Religion would be permissible in American public life again! The Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves! Run for the hills! /snark
These are the same alarmist idiots who are now trying to ram the minimum wage hike down our throats, who are trying to force our men to leave Iraq at a date and time known to Al Qaeda, who are trying to bash federal workers over the head with unions and other Democrat goons. Forgive me if I trust Brownback and the AFA over the ACLU and their enablers in Congress. You can gauge the chaff from the wheat very easily in this case: one savors of patriotism, family, and wholesome American values; the other reeks of filth, perversion, dung, and depravity. Spit the chaff from your mouth. Disgregard the ACLU.
BTW, I’m adding the AFA to our blogroll. It’s an oversight on my part that they weren’t there already.