Posted by: Kevin | October 3, 2006

The American Taliban at Work

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I wish I could claim that this was photoshoped

From the September 30th  Washington Post

With little public attention or even notice, the House of Representatives has passed a bill that undermines enforcement of the First Amendment’s separation of church and state. The Public Expression of Religion Act – H.R. 2679 – provides that attorneys who successfully challenge government actions as violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment shall not be entitled to recover attorney fees. The bill has only one purpose: to prevent suits challenging unconstitutional government actions advancing religion.

Most suits agianst the government for violations of the Establishment Clause are started by individuals, not by the ACLU.  Allowing for lawyers who successfully challenge the government on these cases is one small way to make up for the fact that government is huge and individuals are not.  The House is trying to do away with that in this bit of election year pandering.

I don’t have many fixed political views and I’m willing to compromise on most issues.  One big exception is the seperation of church and state.  If you can point to one thing above all others that has helped propel the Western world to dominance, it is the subordination of church in state affairs.  Look around at the rest of the world and you’ll find many backwards nations where the church (Islam, Christian, etc.) uses the state to enforce it’s laws.  Usually those laws center on the supression of science, women and ultimately of independent thought. 

In my opinion you cannot run a free society without the separation of church and state.  So I ferverntly hope that this bill is either killed soon by the Senate or swept aside along with the Republican majority in November.

Hat Tip to Feministe for the Link.  Please see comment 16 in this post for an excellent example of what this bill is targeting.

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