Tuesday, February 14, 2006

[RightMarch] Protect Officials' Right to Pray in Public

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Help Protect Officials' Right to Pray in Public: Click below to Support the Public Prayer Protection Act!

Take Action Now!

This CONSERVATIVE ALERT is a special message for from RightMarch.com:

ALERT: Thomas Jefferson once said, "[The] liberty to worship our Creator in the way we think most agreeable to His will [is] a liberty deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support."

Although Congress and many other legislatures throughout the country often solemnize their legislative sessions with prayers, the right of public officials throughout our nation to express themselves through prayer has once again come under attack. For example, in addition to his attempt to strike "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, Michael Newdow also unsuccessfully sought to prevent the use of chaplains in the U. S. House and Senate. Moreover, a South Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has claimed a 2004 Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals case, Wynne v. Town of Great Falls, creates an all-out ban on sectarian prayer by public officials including federal, state, and local legislators.

Thankfully, some folks in Congress are taking PROACTIVE action. Rep. J. Gresham Barrett (R-SC) has introduced the "Public Prayer Protection Act" (H.R. 4364), which seeks to protect the right of elected and appointed officials to express their religious beliefs through public prayer by removing all establishment clause cases involving prayer by public officials to the jurisdiction of state courts.

This is a quick, simple, and EFFECTIVE solution to the infringements now taking place on some basic First Amendment rights. We need to encourage Congress to get behind this new bill NOW -- and get it into the law books.

TAKE ACTION: The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution was intended by our Founding Fathers to prohibit one religious denomination from enjoying the exclusive backing of government and to prohibit the Federal establishment of any type of religious uniformity or orthodoxy that rewards observers and punishes violators. The First Amendment also guarantees the right of elected and appointed officials to express their religious beliefs through public prayer.

The exercise of this right does NOT violate the Establishment Clause, and the courts and the legislatures of the several States are in the best position to protect this right. Thankfully, Article III, Section 2, clause 2 of the United States Constitution expressly grants Congress the authority to define the appellate jurisdiction of the Federal court system.

We need to tell Congress to get this bill OUT of the House Committee on the Judiciary, and onto the floor for a vote. Click below NOW to urge your Congressman to support the "Public Prayer Protection Act" (H.R. 4364):


NOTE: Be sure to send this Alert to EVERYONE you know who wants to help protect the First Amendment right of elected and appointed officials to pray in public! Thank you!


William Greene, President

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