Once again we have the anti-Christian ACLU up in arms because a 4th of July rally will be held on the property of Bossier Parish in Louisiana. The rally is called the In God We Trust rally and is scheduled to feature patriotic music, free food, children’s activities and prayer, hence the crux of the bee in the ACLU’s bonnet.
Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington is hosting the second annual rally on parish property, but says that no public money is being used for the event. Even though no public money will be used, the ACLU is all in a dither because the grounds on which the rally will be held is paid for with public money.
At the rally, Whittington will be honoring Bossier Posse members from World War 2 along with Bossier Young Marines. According to announcements for the event, there will be patriotic and God-lifting music at the rally.
ACLU Executive Director Marjorie Esman told the media:
“If the event is held on sheriff’s property, then by definition it is a public event that sends a message of government endorsement of Christianity. The building is paid for by public funds, and maintained by public funds.”
“If the religious messages are overtly Christian and suggest that Christianity is better than other religions, and if there is a link to public funding or support, this would overstep the law. In any event, it sends a message to Bossier residents who do not adhere to Christianity that they are less than equal and not worthy of support by their sheriff.”
But Sheriff Whittington is not fazed by the rants of the ACLU leader, responding:
“Not only am I elected to serve the people of Bossier Parish, but I live here and my family lives here.”
“I think Bossier Parish is a better place with Christianity and Christian values involved in it. I am an elected official. I’m also a citizen here. I think this is what’s best for us. I don’t work for anybody in Washington. What they do, what they say, I couldn’t really care less.”
Members of the community seem to be siding with the sheriff. One resident, Holly Lanaghan told the media:
“Everybody has a right to their opinion. I think the minority has forced a lot on us. The majority of people believe in God.”
Even Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, attended last years In God We Trust rally and plans to send a taped message to this year’s rally.
If the ACLU tried to take action against Sheriff Whittington for holding the rally on parish property, they have a problem. The US Supreme Court has made two rulings of late where they have upheld prayer at public meetings since they are a tradition and that other religions may not be excluded.
But what about all of the religious groups that rent government buildings, such as schools, meeting halls, etc. to hold religious services or club meetings? Wouldn’t a Christian club meeting at a public school be the same thing as the rally being held on government property? At the club meetings they talk about Jesus, God, the Bible and they offer up prayers and sing God-lifted songs. What’s the difference?
I hope the sheriff and parish people stand up for their Christian beliefs and go through with the 4th of July rally just as planned and that the ACLU stops attacking Americans for being Americans.