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June 30, 2005

ACLU loses in Louisiana, or do they?

From the Washington Times:

Louisiana's abstinence program has not violated a court order with its religious content, a federal judge ruled this week.

The Governor's Program on Abstinence has religious references on its Web site as well as links to other sites that promote prayer and repentance, but these references do not constitute an excessive entanglement between government and religion, U.S. District Court Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. ruled Thursday.

Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, a Democrat, did not comment, but had previously defended the Web site as offering constitutionally protected "discussion of religious issues."

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has twice brought the state abstinence program to court, said it was "disconcerted" by Judge Porteous' ruling.

I would imagine that since the website has very little about anything on it, that the ACLU had a tough time convincing the judge it was teaching religion. The most “current” event is something that happened over a year ago. The curriculum, clubs and resource library links all lead to “under construction” pages. It has a nice fancy main page, although the picture is of a guy being hugged by either his girlfriend or mother. I couldn't tell because in the picture her age is very non-descript. The only thing that is apparent is that she has a horribly disfigured right arm that seems to be twice the length of a normal arm.

The website does have a link at the bottom title “RELIGION DISCLAIMER” that leads to a page that has the following:

The GPA is a health and education program committed to promoting and publicizing the benefits of abstinence. Under the limits imposed by the Constitution, the GPA funds may not be used for activities, events or materials that include religious messages or otherwise promote or advance religion. The GPA does not discourage or encourage private religious exercise. If you have any spiritual or religious questions that arise in the context of events sponsored by the GPA, the GPA encourages you to consult with a spiritual advisor from your faith or system of belief.

*Language mandated in settlement of ACLU vs. GPA lawsuit; November 8, 2002, U.S. District Court, New Orleans, LA.

It seems to me that the State of Louisiana has wasted an awful lot of money fighting the ACLU over this web site, when they haven't even bothered to put anything there anyone could use. And the Constitution does not limit the use of funds used for activities, etc. that include religious messages -- idiot Liberal judges have. They should change the wording of that disclaimer to reflect the truth.

Coverage: The Narrow

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 30, 2005 08:42 AM

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