“Three days later, Our Lady of Lansing is singing a different hymn. Seems her earlier comments drew an enthusiastic response from the American Family Association of Michigan, which says it wants the guvÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s help in displaying the Ten Commandment Monument…”
“The (6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals) was compelled to state the self-evident: The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state. …However, the ACLU and its apologists over the decades have managed to convince a majority of Americans otherwise, according to the American Family Association of Michigan.”
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“The American Family Association (of Michigan)…urged the city (of Berkley) not to surrender to the ACLU in an e-mail to city officials that said its legal staff would defend the Christmas display — for free — in court. If Berkley accepted the offer, the AFA said it may take the issue all the way to the Supreme Court. …(AFA-Michigan) was drawn to Berkley when officials refused to accept the ultimatum from the ACLU…’Thank you for refusing to be intimidated, bullied or bluffed by the American Civil Liberties Union’s annual anti-Christmas campaign,’ Gary Glenn, AFA-Michigan president, wrote to city officials.”
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Values group hails unanimous decision Tuesday
6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals:
“The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state.”
CINCINNATI — In an astounding return to judicial interpretation of the actual text of the United States Constitution, a unanimous panel of the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Tuesday issued an historic decision declaring that “the First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state.”
In upholding a Kentucky county’s right to display the Ten Commandments, the panel called the American Civil Liberties Union’s repeated claims to the contrary “extra-constitutional” and “tiresome.”
See Cincinnat Enquirer.
“Patriotic Americans should observe a day of prayer and thanksgiving for this stunning and historic reversal of half a century of misinformation and judicial distortion of the document that protects our religious freedoms,” said Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan.
“We are particularly excited that such an historic, factual, and truth-based decision is now a controlling precedent for the federal Court of Appeals that rules on all Michigan cases,” Glenn said.
6th Circuit Judge Richard Suhrheinrich wrote in the unanimous decision: “The ACLU makes repeated reference to the ‘separation of church and state.’ This extra-constitutional construct has grown tiresome. The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state. Our nation’s history is replete with governmental acknowledgment and in some cases, accommodation of religion.”
The words “separation of church and state” do not appear in the U.S. Constitution, though according to polls, a majority of Americans have been misled to believe that they do, Glenn said. For background information, see: http://www.answers.com/topic/separation-of-church-and-state-in-the-united-states
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005
CONTACT: American Family Association of Michigan
Gary Glenn, President 989-835-7978
Tracey Lee, Attorney 248-535-2095
AFA-Michigan commends city officials’ rebuff of ACLU threat to Nativity scene and Star of David
Family group offers to defend Berkley Christmas display at no cost to taxpayers
BERKLEY, Mich. — A statewide traditional values organization Tuesday offered to defend in court the city of Berkley’s annual Christmas display, including its 65-year old Nativity scene and a Star of David, at no expense to city taxpayers.
The offer by the American Family Association of Michigan came in response to Monday night’s Berkley city council meeting, during which city officials rebuffed an ultimatum from a representative of the American Civil Liberties Union to immediately remove the display or be sued. (See Daily Tribune here.)
AFA-Michigan President Gary Glenn, in an e-mail message Tuesday evening to Mayor Marilyn Stephan and Berkley city council members, commended city officials for “calling (the ACLU’s) bluff” and offered to provide free legal representation for the city should the ACLU follow through on its threat.
“Through the generosity of families who volunteer their financial support specifically to address issues such as the ACLU grinches’ annual anti-Christmas campaign,” Glenn wrote, “the American Family Association of Michigan and our national legal counsel, the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy, offer to provide legal counsel and representation to the city of Berkley free of charge, at no expense whatsoever to taxpayers, and all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.”
The full text of Glenn’s message to Berkley city officials follows:
December 20, 2005
Dear Madame Mayor and Council Members:
Thank you for refusing to be intimidated, bullied, or bluffed by the American Civil Liberties Union’s annual anti-Christmas campaign.
We describe their threat of a lawsuit against the city of Berkley as a “bluff” because ACLU attorneys know full well that the issue they raise has been thoroughly litigated and that the U.S. Supreme has upheld the constitutional right of local governments to publicly display Nativity scenes in recognition of the origins of the secularly-recognized Christmas holiday.
The United States Constitution’s only reference to religious freedom is the following passage from the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Obviously, the City of Berkley’s decision to publicly display a Nativity scene (and a Star of David) in its holiday display involves no making of any law by Congress, and just as obviously involves no establishment of any religion.
The grinches at ACLU headquarters hope to steal the city of Berkley’s Christmas traditions nonetheless by making threats they hoped would bluff you, out of ignorance, into surrendering your Constitutional rights and traditions. Again, we appreciate your being knowledgeable and courageous enough to call their bluff.
Now it’s put up or shut up for the ACLU grinches, and Councilman Benton is quoted in Tuesday’s Daily Tribune as expressing concern that the threatened litigation “could be a costly legal battle.”
If you will allow us the privilege, we hope to remove from your future decision-making on this issue any concern you may have for the potential cost of litigation to Berkley taxpayers.
Through the generosity of families who volunteer their financial support specifically to address issues such as the ACLU grinches’ annual anti-Christmas campaign, the American Family Association of Michigan and our national legal counsel, the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy, offer to provide legal counsel and representation to the city of Berkley free of charge, at no expense whatsoever to taxpayers, and all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.
Should you decide to accept this offer, you can make all future decisions to protect the Christmas traditions of your community based on the principle involved, without concern for any expense to Berkley taxpayers.
Thank you for your stand and your consideration.
Gary Glenn, President
American Family Association of Michigan
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“His organization ‘relies on the Thomas More Law Center as a faithful and extremely effective ally in promoting and defending the traditional family values shared by most Americans,’ said Gary Glenn, president of American Family Association of Michigan, an organization best known for fighting gay rights.”
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UPDATE: Thanks to some quick work by our faithful allies at the Thomas More Law Center, the neighborhood association mentioned below has already apologized in writing to the Samonas and even sent them a “holiday” fruit basket, which the family forwarded to a local charity. Salute and Merry Christmas to this courageous family and our friends at TMLC.
Gary Glenn, President
AFA-Michigan offers to pay fines, legal fees for Novi homeowners
Group says neighborhood Nativity ban discriminates against Christians, compares to race-based covenants
NOVI, Mich. — A Novi neighborhood association’s attempt to ban Christmas decorations that feature the Baby Jesus and other Biblical figures associated with the birth of Christ is as blatantly unlawful, unconstitutional, and discriminatory toward Christians as neighborhood covenants that once prohibited African-Americans from purchasing homes, a statewide family values group charged Wednesday.
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Dear AFA-Michigan supporter,
I hope you will find this encouraging, a group of concerned parents who are doing an inspired and extremely effective job of communicating support for traditional family values in their community and public schools.
“The grass-roots traditional values group has been a thorn in the side of the Howell Public Schools Board of Education since June, when the group approached the board with an offer to provide enough copies of the national motto Ã¢â‚¬â€ Ã¢â‚¬Å“In God We TrustÃ¢â‚¬? Ã¢â‚¬â€ to hang in every classroom in the district. …The district has rejected the offer, but the group has been persistent in its message, continuing to push the issue, most recently noting that on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to have the motto removed from a government building in North Carolina.”
When Howell High School’s homosexual student club hung the official “gay pride” flag in the school’s main stairwell to protest voter approval of the Marriage Protection Amendment, Howell school board members ignored parents’ protests and officially approved the display, even holding a flag dedication ceremony.
The same school board arrogantly refuses to allow displays of the national motto of the United States: “In God We Trust.”
Please support Howell parents taking a stand for their families and family values by expressing your opinion:
Howell Public Schools
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“Sam Belanger, youth pastor of Howell Assembly of God Church…wants his name removed from the resolution because of the continuing controversy of the rainbow flag hung in the school by the Diversity Club and approved by district administration. …Opponents to the public display of the flag have stated it represents gay pride and promotes homosexuality in the school. …What he said he originally saw as a ‘statement of good faith toward honoring diversity’ has become a ‘full-blown approval of the homosexual lifestyle,’ which stood in opposition of his personal beliefs.”
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