Friday, August 19, 2005

    Good People DO Win!

    There are organizations in the USA that are taking on the fight against the oppressive ACLU - and winning! Some more recent wins:
    ACLU backs down in Louisiana nativity scene case (McBride v. Bossier Parish School Board) -
    "The ACLU's case was going nowhere fast," said Mike Johnson, an ADF attorney based in Shreveport. "Stockwell Place Elementary School's display of a creche was unquestionably lawful and legitimate, and its allowance of equal access for Christian student organizations is in perfect compliance with the First Amendment."
    Settlement: Historical American documents can be taught in Cupertino schools (Williams v. Vidmar) -
    The Alliance Defense Fund and the Cupertino School District have reached a settlement in which the district has agreed to no longer censor teacher Steven Williams because he is a Christian. Officials at Stevens Creek Elementary had prohibited Williams from providing fifth-grade students with supplemental readings such as William Penn's Frame of Government and excerpts from the Declaration of Independence.

    Williams' attorney, Kevin Theriot, says the district has agreed Williams did not violate school policy when he handed out the materials. Theriot says he is hopeful that school officials now understand that religion can be discussed in schools.
    Rutherford Institute Succeeds in Having ACLU Lawsuit Dismissed Against Individual Board Members Over Prayer at School Board Meetings (US District Court for the District of Delaware, Civil Action No. 05-120-JJF) -
    U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Farnan has agreed to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the ACLU against individual members of the Indian River School District Board of Education. The lawsuit, which was filed against school board members in their personal and professional capacities, alleges that school-sponsored prayer "has pervaded the life of teachers and students" in the Indian River District schools.

    "This is a great victory for the free speech rights of school board members," stated John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. "It reinforces prior Supreme Court precedent that the practice of opening legislative sessions with a prayer is acceptable under the Constitution."

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