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A vote for theocracy

Posted Sep 29, 2006 in Politics, Religion.

Bit by bit, the relgious freedoms enjoyed by Americans are being withdrawn. The United States Congress passed H.R. 2679, the Public Expressions of Religion Protection Act of 2006, which essentially makes it impossible for citizens to recover any attorneys' fees in the event that they win a case which seeks to assert their fundamental constitutional (and civil) rights under the First Amendment.

The cost of bringing such cases can often be measured in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. If a student in a public school suffers from religious coercion (made to say “One nation, under God,” for example), and subsequently wins a First Amendment case, that student would be liable for any and all legal fees. Understandably, this is likely to result in a dramatic reduction of such cases.

Hopefully, this matter will end up being brought to the attention of the United States Supreme Court; however, given their current conservative-leaning composition, it has a real possibility of being upheld.

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