Saturday, September 08, 2007
WASHINGTON — Whether they like it or loathe it, most Americans recognize the American Civil Liberties Union as a constitutional watchdog. Far fewer know of the American Center for Law and Justice, a leader in the flourishing field of Christian legal advocacy that may be less famous but is no less determined to see its views prevail in the nation's courts and, ultimately, its culture.
The best-financed and highest profile of these conservative Christian legal groups, the ACLJ, headed by aggressive chief counsel Jay Sekulow, has led the way in transforming the complaints of the religious right from raucous protests on the courthouse steps to polished presentations inside the highest courts in the land.
These cases cover a broad range of religious issues, from defending a Texas high school's practice of prayer at football games to an Illinois pharmacist's right not to dispense drugs that violate his religious beliefs. Most aim at establishing precedent and all revolve around the conviction of the ACLJ and its colleagues that religious freedom, particularly that of Christians, is under attack by those who want to expunge all religious reference from public life.
Founded by televangelist Pat Robertson in 1990, the ACLJ has an annual budget of $35 million and employs about 130 people, including 37 lawyers, around the world, Sekulow said.
"They're a very, very significant player in constitutional law, particularly regarding the 1st Amendment," said Barry Lynn, executive director of the non-profit Americans United for Separation of Church and State, who often has crossed swords with Sekulow.
@ THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Here we go with more NON-Christian, Christians intent on power and control rather than goodness and mercy.
What would Jesus think with these so-called Christians acting as the money changers in the Temple instead of caring for the poor and sick?
I think he would be a wee bit upset at the hypocritical behavior of the so-called Christians and remind them of their real jobs, but I'm not Jesus and do not know for sure.
Meanwhile these control freaks attempt to gain control of all aspects of government for their own gain.