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Reject H. R. 2679, the "Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005"

Reported by Marie Therese - June 23, 2006 -

This story will get lost in the shuffle unless you contact your Congressperson and then pass it on quickly to family and friends. The House of Representatives is considering H. R. 2679, which has been presented by a coalition of conservative Republicans with the express purpose of amending current law.

It is described as a bill "to amend the Revised Statutes of the United States to eliminate the chilling effect on the constitutionally protected expression of religion by State and local officials that results from the threat that potential litigants may seek damages and attorney's fees."

For years the Christian right has been miffed that, in the event of a loss in federal court, the winning party is allowed to sue to recover attorneys' fees. One assumes that this provision was passed in order to prevent the federal court system from being clogged with frivolous lawsuits.

The ACLU does not charge its clients for its services (no, not even Rush Limbaugh). If they win a case, their fees may be paid by the losing party.

The Christian right loses more First Amendment cases than it wins.

Therefore, the Christian right loses more money than it wins.

The Christian right doesn't think that this is fair.

So, the Christian right has persuaded several Representatives to introduce this bill, which, if passed, will accomplish two things. It will decrease the ability of the ACLU (and others) to mount challenges to violations of the First Amendment and it will immediately put more money in the coffers of the Christian attorneys.

Please use the links below to contact your Representative and express your displeasure at this blatant attempt to avoid the penalties for filing frivolous, impossible-to-win lawsuits that are really a stealth attempt to change the United States into a Christian theocracy.

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