Stimulus to ban religious worship?!?

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Sat Feb 7 18:06:04 MST 2009


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ON CAPITOL HILL
Stimulus to ban religious worship
'This isn't like a convenient oversight, this is intentional'

Posted: February 06, 2009
11:50 pm Eastern

By Bob Unruh
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

President Obama's proposed economic stimulus plan makes a deliberate – and 
unconstitutional – attempt to censor religious speech and worship on 
<http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=88178#>school campuses across 
the nation, according to a lawyer who argued related cases before the U.S. 
Supreme Court 20 years ago and won them all.

"This isn't like a convenient oversight. This is intentional. This 
legislation pokes its finger in the eyes of people who hold religious 
beliefs," Jay Sekulow, chief of the <http://www.aclj.org>American Center 
for Law and Justice, told WND today.

His was the organization that decades ago argued on behalf of speech 
freedom on school campuses, winning repeatedly at the U.S. Supreme Court. 
Since then, the 2001 Good News Club v. Milford Central School District 
decision was added, clarifying that restricting religious speech within the 
context of public shared-use facilities is unconstitutional.

The problem in the proposed stimulus bill comes from a provision that 
states: "PROHIBITED USES OF 
<http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=88178#>FUNDS. - No funds 
awarded under this section may be used for - (C) modernization, 
<http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=88178#>renovation
[]
<http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=88178#>
, or repair of facilities - (i) used for sectarian instruction, religious 
worship, or a school or department of divinity; or (ii) in which a 
substantial portion of the functions of the facilities are subsumed in a 
religious mission."

The wording that specifically targets religious speech already has been 
approved by the majority Democrats in the U.S. 
<http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=88178#>House – all GOP 
members opposed it. In the Senate, Jim DeMint, R-S.C., proposed an 
amendment to eliminate it, but again majority Democrats decided to keep the 
provision targeting religious instruction and activities.

(To continue reading, go here 
<http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=88178>) 
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