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Brownback continues push against religious-expression lawsuits


Sam Brownback[(Agape Press commentary) Legislation Bringing 'Religious Expression' to the Forefront:][1] They are referring to the measure known as the Public Expression of Religion Act, or PERA (H.R. 2679), a bill sponsored by Congressman Jeff Hostettler that eliminates the award of attorney's fees in Establishment Clause cases, effectively removing the financial threat often used by the American Civil Liberties Union against communities. ... No doubt to the ACLU's disappointment, PERA is advancing toward becoming law, having passed the U.S. House on a 244-173 vote last week. And as disappointed as the ACLU might be, Senator Sam Brownback is as pleased, if not more so, about the legislation's passage in the House. He feels such legislation has been needed for a long time. "This was Representative Hostettler's bill in the House. We've got this same bill in the Senate. I'm delighted to see the House pass this," says the lawmaker from Kansas. "The ACLU and others use these legal fees as blackmail against a community putting up a Nativity scene or having a Ten Commandments expression."[(Inform.Kz) Nazarbayev's visit to the US to affect mutual strategic partnership positively:][2] At the briefings after bilateral talks the Kazakh and American sides touched upon development of ties and relations between both countries in various spheres. "Kazakhstani-American cooperation and its dynamic development is of great significance", US Senator Sam Brownback stressed. According to him special attention should be given to "interaction in the sphere of economy, human rights' protection and security. Economic cooperation should embrace not only oil and gas sphere but other realms. Kazakhstan, as is known, is a leading power of economic development in Central Asian region".Pat Roberts[(Brownfield Network) Senators modify drought aid, but still fail to get a vote:][3] Roberts pointed out that, due to the multi-year nature of the drought, affected producers essentially could expect no help from the government unless Congress provided emergency assistance. "It is not my intent to come down and here and discuss the farm bill, but it is a counter-cyclical program and it means when a farmer doesn't have a crop, he gets no payment," Roberts explained. "It also means that he has no real crop insurance, because the average production history on his crop insurance has gone down," Roberts added. "So no crop insurance, no payment - high and dry! This is the only way that we are going to provide assistance to farmers."How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][4] [1]: http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/10/22006c.asp [2]: http://www.inform.kz/showarticle.php?lang=eng&id=144963 [3]: http://www.brownfieldnetwork.com/gestalt/go.cfm?objectid=FB452A0C-D140-92E2-B8D6C957008DA009 [4]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


Jamesaust 11 years, 7 months ago

"The ACLU and others use these legal fees as blackmail against a community putting up a Nativity scene or having a Ten Commandments expression."

Actually, the law - as it now stands - LEVELS the playing field for those who sue - and WIN - to enforce their constitutional rights against government action. The government in these cases is not only acting illegally but is free to defend their illegality with the Taxpayers' dollar (and that's a pretty deep pocket).

Removal of such reimbursement to the winner of these suits means that only personally wealthy individuals will have rights enforceable in court. But then, we all knew a long time ago that the radical zealots that have taken the GOP captive sacrificed the little guy's right to be free of government-led coercion a long time ago.

(Ah, yes, the good old days when "conservatives" held that religious freedom was about getting government out of religion, not using power of government as a means to control others, and thereby delegitimitize both government and religion.)

Porter 11 years, 7 months ago

Once again, Barry Goldwater is crapping in his casket.

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