Thursday, February 23, 2006


Crossposted from Sweet Spirits of Ammonia

In response to a November ruling by a U.S. District Judge, Representative Mike Sodrel, a Republican, has introduced legislation to prevent federal courts from ruling on the content of speech in legislatures.

Judge David Hamilton (appointed by Bill Clinton) had ruled that any prayer that refers to Jesus Christ, Savior, or Son of God is unconstitutional. Any such reference, he said, "amounts in practical terms to an official endorsement of the Christian religion."

Sodrel and Representative Dan Burton called Hamilton’s ruling “a clear example of judicial activism.”

Sodrel said his bill would provide immunity for content of speech for lawmakers or their guests during a legislative session, excluding witnesses and excluding speech that constitutes treason, an admission of a crime or a breach of the peace. The bill would also prohibit the use of federal funds to enforce a decision like Hamilton’s.

Well, guess who's up in arms about using legislation to rein in activist judges' decisions? Survey says, the ACLU of Indiana. Calling it a political ploy, as if they never engage in such activity, the ACLU is feigning horror at the very questioning of the validity of the American justice system. If any one organization is responsible for America's loss of faith in the judicial system, it is the ACLU.

Ken Falk, the ACLU of Indiana’s legal director, has been recognized by the ICLU as leading a legal team that accepts one of the most ambitious dockets of any ACLU affiliate in the country. That, of course, means he and his cronies are litigation happy, a trait that most people would find less than admirable. Falk has history, indeed, from suing to remove a monument of the Judeo-Christian Decalogue in front of the Elkhart, Indiana municipal building to convincing the Supreme Court to strike down Indianapolis' drug interdiction roadblocks.

“If you disagree with a court decision, you appeal the case,” Falk said.

The ACLU wants to keep everything in courts that are peppered with their friends, colleagues and former members. Thus, they can continue to pervert the will of the American people. They fear the legislature because on most votes they will lose. And, when they lose, the majority of Americans win and the tyranny of the minority loses.

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