Thursday, June 22, 2006

Promoting the Public Expression of Religion

Yesterday the Subcommittee on the Constitution (a part of Congress' Judiciary Committee) held a hearing on H.R. 2679 , the Public Expression of Religion Act, proving that the measure is still alive and kicking. The bill would amend the Revised Statutes of U.S. law "to eliminate the chilling effect on the constitutionally protected expression of religion by State and local officials that results from the threat that potential litigants may seek damages and attorney's fees." In other words, H.R. 2679 would keep groups like the ACLU from getting (no, make that, staying) rich by suing every group or individual which expresses traditional religion in the public square.

The bill presents an important, common-sense opportunity to limit the destructive power that groups like the ACLU have had on our society. It deserves the enthusiastic support of our political representatives. However, the bill as yet only has 46 co-sponsors, none of which are from Nebraska.

If you would like to encourage your Congressmen to seriously consider co-sponsoring and otherwise supporting this measure, please do so soon. Here you will find a complete list of House members with links to their web pages and, of course, the relevant contact information.