March 10, 2005


ACLU Sues Over Mormon Lease on Land
(Henry Weinstein, March 10, 2005, LA Times)

A clash over the federal government's right to lease a national historic site in Wyoming to the Mormon Church moved to court Wednesday as the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit, arguing that the government violated the constitutional bar against endorsing religion.

Anybody hasve a copy of the ACLU version of the Constitution? I'll be danged if I can find the endorsement bar in the one the Founders wrote.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2005 8:40 AM

Typical secularist missionary activity. Mormons go door-to-door. Atheists go to court.

Posted by: Pontius at March 10, 2005 9:01 AM

Pontius -

Is a heck of a lot more difficult to convince the many, one by one, than convincing the one judge.

Posted by: Moe from NC at March 10, 2005 9:27 AM

Where there's an established religion, the state gives money TO the church.

When the state leases property to a church, the state collects money FROM the church. That's a strange way to establish a religion.

This is one more piece of evidence as to the deep dialectical disfunctions festering within the ACLU.

Posted by: Axel Kassel at March 10, 2005 9:43 AM

The courtroom it's temple and angry atheists its tithing parishioners, isn't the ACLU basically a religion too? By this reading of their twisted bible, they believe the US Constitution gives the same state that's supposed to be completely separate FROM relition more than just a positive right, but an obligation, to DIS-establish any religion or religious underpinning. On the other hand, maybe this paves the way for them to take up the case for our State-oppressed church which is forced to pay property taxes on the land it owns - clearly a violation of the separation of Church and State, no?

Posted by: John Resnick at March 10, 2005 11:47 AM

Is a heck of a lot more difficult to convince the many, one by one, than convincing the one judge.

Precisely. Actually, I'd like to revise my statement. This isn't secularist missionary activity; it's a forced conversion.

Posted by: Pontius at March 10, 2005 4:39 PM

At some point, aren't even ACLU members embarassed? Let us assume the Pope wished to give a sermon in the Meadowlands, which is owned by the NJSEA, a NJ state agency. If the Diocese of Newark were to rent it out from the NJSEA at a fair market rent, this would be 'endorsing religion' that would be barred by the Constitution?

I guess the next time my rabbi drives down the NJ Turnpike and pays a toll, that will involve State endorsement of religion and he'll have to restrict himself to other non-state owned thoroughfares, presumably helicoptering from place to place.

Posted by: Bart at March 11, 2005 9:17 AM