07 June 2005

Get That Cross Down Now!!

Written for Stop The ACLU And Crossposted from there.
For the past week we have been voicing our support for HR 2679, the Public Expression of Religion Act (PERA) of 2005. And this is a case that would potentially be effected by it should it already be law. In San Diego, California, there has been a fight over a cross put upon Mount Soledad. Decades ago, private citizens placed the cross on that site to honor Korean War veterans. In 2004, President Bush signed legislation designating the site a 'National War Memorial'. Now, an atheist who travels the road overlooked by the cross has complained. And with the help of the American Communist Lawyers Union, successfully got a federal judge to declare that it violates the establishment clause of the 1st Amendment and ordered it removed. The people of San Diego County have a ballot issue on the matter coming up for a vote on July 26. But now the attorney for Philip Paulson, James McElroy has filed lawsuits against 3 radio personalities, a state Congressman, and SoledadNational.com Director Phil Thalmeimer over the language used on the ballot issue. The language objected to reads, "Vote Yes to transfer the land to the federal government and to permanently preserve Mount Soledad -- as it is where it is." And another statement that reads in part, "as in the case with Mount Soledad, wherever veterans are honored with the symbols of the fallen, an intolerant few will launch frivolous lawsuits that waste our tax dollars…" The five men named in the suit believe that they will prevail in court. They plan on standing by the wording in question. This is a classic reason why, we need PERA 2005 to pass. The ACLU's motivation in this case is federal funding. Remove the monetary motivation and you remove the reason for the suit. This Philip Paulson must really be a weak minded individual if the sight of a cross on a hill can effect him in such a way as to be offended by it. What kind of power can a cross have over someone who doesn't believe in its meaning? How can the sight of it just cause such an offense in the mind of this individual as to promote a reason to sue? The answer is simple. Money. He proclaims himself an atheist and manufactures an offense so as to get paid for something that he hasn't worked for. The lure of easy money. Because what is the optimal result for him? He wins, the cross gets removed, he gets damages for his offense, and his lawyers get more money to file more frivolous lawsuits.
Congressional Emergency
Urge passage of HR 2679, The Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005. What this bill does, is to remove the ability for the award of federal funding in order to recover legal fees. These suits are often taken pro bono. But once won, the attorneys are able to recover legal fees from the government. We need to get groups like the ACLU off the Taxpayers' Dime. Call, write, or email your Congressman and Senators and urge passage of this bill.

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