Who really rules America? The Elected, the Churches, the self-appointed Liberals, the Television?
Defeat without a fight.
Unelected and self-appointed watch dogs. *
Elected by the people.
Richard Church, Jr., Mayor
10 North First Street
Miamisburg, Ohio 45342
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Dear Mayor Church,
It has come to the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Ohio Foundation that you recently issued a proclamation designating 1999 to be "Year of the Bible."
The purpose of this correspondence is to inform you that the ACLU of Ohio feels very strongly that such a proclamation, together with the language contained in the proclamation itself, amounts to an undeniably unconstitutional and inappropriate action by a government official. Indeed, encouraging Miamisburg residents to read through the New Testament and apply the teachings to their lives represents an excessive entanglement of government and religion. Furthermore, it serves no compelling interest that would warrant such a blatant disregard for the separation of church and state that we abide by in this country.
In fact, the ACLU of Ohio feels that such actions on the part of your office are so offensive to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment that we demand that you rescind the proclamation at the next possible legislative session. Failure to rescind said proclamation at the earliest possible date will inevitably invite litigation from the ACLU.
Should you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me at the below address.
Scott T. Greenwood
ACLU of Ohio
Greenwood & Associates
1 Liberty House
PO Box 54400
Cincinnati, Ohio 45254-0400
Mayor Rescinds "Year of the Bible" Proclamation after ACLU Threatens Lawsuit
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Watch Dogs *
Luke 6:7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
Luke 20:20 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.
Pastor: Mr. Mayor.
Pastor: Don't you think you could have at least made an appearance in Court and forced to the judge to order you to rescind the proclamation?
The Courts don't move as fast as a scared rabbit clergyman. The decision
may not have come till after 1999 when it would be too late.
"We're happy to see that Mayor Church recognized that such a proclamation
violates constitutional prohibitions against government endorsements of
religion," said Scott Greenwood, General Counsel for the ACLU of Ohio. "When
government institutions involve themselves with religious beliefs and
worship," he added, "they inevitably alienate
certain segments of their
population -- and trample on the Bill of Rights." The proclamation is the
latest in a series of religious liberty controversies that the ACLU of Ohio
has been embroiled in this past year. Included are legal challenges to the
State of Ohio motto "With God All Things Are Possible,"1 a city seal in Stow
that features a crucifix and open Bible2, and school vouchers in Cleveland.3
The ACLU of Ohio has been involved as well in school prayer issues in
London, the planned hiring of a school chaplain in Brookville,4 and monitoring5 various "release time" programs in several public schools in
1 - "With God All Things Are Possible," was ruled
The Constitution of the State of Ohio
All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience. No person shall be compelled to attend, erect, or support any place of worship, or maintain any form of worship, against his consent; and no preference shall be given, by law, to any religious society; nor shall any interference with the rights of conscience be permitted. No religious test shall be required, as a qualification for office, nor shall any person be incompetent to be a witness on account of his religious belief; but nothing herein shall be construed to dispense with oaths and affirmations. Religion, morality, and knowledge, however, being essential to good government, it shall be the duty of the general assembly to pass suitable laws to protect every religious denomination in the peaceable enjoyment of its own mode of public worship, and to encourage schools and the means of instruction.