Thursday, January 12, 2006
ACLU QUESTIONING STATE MONEY TO REBUILD CHICAGO CHURCH SCHOOL
OKAY, for the hundredth time: financial aid to religious community groups or organizations is not establishment of a State Church!
This is an obvious attempt by the ACLU to further expand the idea of "separation of church and state" to an even more unrealistic level than it is already stretched. The proof is in the story, from the Chicago Tribune. (whole story)
Setting off a new round in the debate over the separation of church and state, civil libertarians are questioning a plan by Gov. Rod Blagojevich to spend $1 million in state funds to help rebuild part of Pilgrim Baptist Church's campus. (after a fire-LEAV)
The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday sent the governor a letter asking for more details about the plan, saying Blagojevich's proposal "raises obvious religious liberty issues."
But Blagojevich argues that the $1 million is going to rebuild the church's school and administration offices--not the sanctuary itself--so it passes legal muster.
"First of all, we do this all the time," Blagojevich said during a news conference Tuesday in East Peoria. "When there are needs to help people, we invest into religious institutions through churches" and their social service or educational programs.
The governor also said that Pilgrim Baptist was a historical landmark in the African-American community, serving as a haven for blacks during migrations from the South."
In addition, in the 1950s, and especially in the 1960s, this unique historic church was a place of tremendous activity and an anchor in the civil rights movement," Blagojevich said.
Hat tip: topix.net
...and so it goes. Groups that were supported by the ACLU 40 years ago are now their potential targets. Looking at the larger political picture, it was an inevitable split in the left, between secularists and religious liberals. If the libs want the government to give money out to people, and groups of people, they have to expect that many of those people and groups will be religious. It's too large a part of this country's heritage for even the ACLU to take on. They have done tremendous damage, but the tide is turning back against them.
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