LC Lands Major Victory Against ACLU

Feb 4, 2021

In the face of continued threats to religious liberty and attacks from the "cancel culture," Liberty Counsel just won a major victory against the ACLU. This is a new, precedent-setting case. Read on to learn more about this major victory and what it means for religious freedom in America. - Mat
"The whole display, including the secular items, offends me because it is all part of the Christmas and the whole, you know, Christianity thing."
That was the testimony of the plaintiff who, along with the ACLU, sought to force Jackson County, Indiana, to tear down its Christmas Nativity display. She wanted the display removed because she hates Christmas – not just baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the manger, but even secular icons like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Liberty Counsel represents Jackson County, Indiana, as well as another Indiana county undergoing similar harassment over Nativity scenes in lawsuits brought by the ACLU.

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Nativity scene is constitutional using a historical test and thus setting a new precedent for Nativity displays.

The Court wrote, "we conclude that the County's Nativity scene is constitutional because it fits within a long national tradition of using the Nativity scene in broader holiday displays to celebrate the origins of Christmas—a public holiday."

The Court expressly rejected the so-called "Lemon test," a legal test created by the Supreme Court years ago that has caused significant confusion. The late Justice Antonin Scalia once said, "Like some ghoul in a late-night horror movie that repeatedly sits up in its grave and shuffles abroad, after being repeatedly killed and buried, Lemon stalks our Establishment Clause jurisprudence once again, frightening the little children and school attorneys."

For years, Liberty Counsel has advocated for a historical test, and now this is the first case to use a historical approach to Nativity scenes. Justice Scalia would be proud that we put a stake in the heart of this ghoulish monster!

The ACLU plaintiff, Rebecca Woodring, said she was offended by the display. She did not even live in the county.

Woodring stated that no matter how many secular items are in the display, and no matter their arrangement, she was offended. She wanted the whole display gone.

We are also defending another Nativity scene display against the ACLU in Fulton County, Indiana. This week's victory for Jackson County will also end the ACLU's attempt to remove the Nativity in Fulton County.
This issue is also symptomatic of a larger problem infecting our nation – a "cancel culture" which seeks to silence and eliminate anything with which it disagrees. Those pushing the cancel culture not only hate history, religious freedom and the Constitution, they hate Donald Trump and YOU!

Here are the facts concerning the upcoming "impeachment" farce: ONLY sitting presidents may be impeached, and ONLY the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court may preside over a Senate impeachment trial.

But Donald Trump is no longer president, and the impeachment is so obviously unconstitutional that Chief Justice Roberts has REFUSED to preside over it!

But the Democrats (and a handful of Republicans) won't stop! They continue this farce and have inserted the longest-serving Senate Democrat, Patrick Leahy, as the kangaroo court's "judge." Leahy cannot be impartial – especially when he plans to vote, making him both judge and jury.

Like the Nativity case and our church closure cases, the impeachment farce is little more than a punitive partisan attack seeking to silence people of faith, subvert the Constitution and cancel American greatness.

This Nativity scene win is a major blow to secularists seeking to eliminate Judeo-Christianity from America's history and culture.

As you know, we also have two church closure cases before the Supreme Court (CA and IL) and multiple federal lawsuits defending religious liberty, in addition to all our other legal work. We expect a ruling from the High Court on the California case soon!

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Finally, please be in prayer for the soul of our country and its people!

"The people who know their God will be strong and take action" Daniel 11:32. God bless you and your family!
Mat Staver
Founder and Chairman

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