Somehow I missed an article from the March 2013 issue of Church & State, a publication of the anti-Christian organization Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
The title of the article is designed to strike fear in the hearts of liberals everywhere and increase donations. (Americans United learned this tactic from the Southern Poverty Law Center, a fund raising machine):
“God’s Lawyers: With Millions In Assets And Hundreds Of Attorneys Helping Out, The Religious Right’s Legal Machine Is Waging War On The Church-State Wall”
I could come up with a similar title for organizations like the ACLU, Americans United, and the Southern Poverty Law Center:
“The Devil’s Lawyers: With Many More Millions in Assets and Thousands of Attorneys Helping Out, The Religious Left’s Legal Machine is Waging War on The First Amendment”
Take note that the article is about “Waging War On The Church-State Wall.” This phrase does not appear in the Constitution. Groups like Americans United for Separation of Church and State don’t like the language of the First Amendment because it protects religious expression from the government with the phrase “Congress shall make no law . . . prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. Americans United is all about prohibiting the free exercise of religion.
For decades, liberal legal advocacy groups have had a near monopoly. Not anymore. Since the 1980s, Christian groups like the Rutherford Institute, Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Counsel, the ACLJ, the Becket Fund, and others, have been battling violations of the First Amendment.
As a result, the left is running scared. Not only are these competitive legal activist groups ready, willing, and able to go toe-to-toe with the likes of lawyers from Americans United and the ACLU, but they have established well respected law schools that are turning out lawyers at a steady rate:
“The Religious Right has even created law schools to train sympathetic attorneys. The best known is the law school at Robertson’s Regent University, although a new law school at Liberty University may eventually prove a contender. For conservative Catholics, Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Fla., is a popular choice. (Another school with a far-right orientation, Pressler School of Law at Louisiana College, is in the works.)
“The influence of these law schools shouldn’t be underestimated. The [former] governor of Virginia, Robert F. McDonnell, is a graduate of Regent Law. During the presidency of George W. Bush, Regent had a pipeline to the White House and federal agencies, and many of its graduates ended up with influential government positions, especially in the U.S. Justice Department.”
Here’s the funny thing. The article does not mention the enormous power and deep pockets of leftist, anti-Christian groups like the ACLU. “The ACLU has over 500,000 members and has an annual budget over $100 million. Local affiliates of the ACLU are active in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.”
Then there are the affiliates “Most of the organization’s workload is performed by the 53 local affiliates. There is an affiliate in each state and in Puerto Rico. California has three affiliates. The affiliates operate autonomously from the national organization; each affiliate has its own staff, executive director, board of directors, and budget.”
The ACLU has thousands of lawyers working for the organization. So compared to the ACLU, these religious rights legal organizations have a long way to go.
I suspect that Americans United is feeling slighted with its paltry $7 million annual budget. The organization is losing ground.
To show you how desperate Americans United is for attention and the need to fear-monger, Rob Boston, the author of the article, mentions me as something of a player in the grand scheme of things. I’m honored.