FLA BATTLE: 1-ATTY vs. 7-ACLU ATTYs

Legal Battle in Florida:


1 Christian Attorney 

vs. 

7 Atheist ACLU Attorneys 


Below Report:  “ACLU dispatches small army to fight us in Florida”:


From: “Liberty Counsel” <alert@libertyaction.org>
Date: March 30, 2011 6:57:51 PM EDT
Subject: ACLU dispatches small army to fight us in Florida

Mathew Staver

Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

     The ACLU just sent seven of their seasoned attorneys to fight us after we won a temporary reprieve from      their religious persecution in Santa Rosa County, Florida, where they have tried to CRIMINALIZE Christianity – even praying before a meal!  Please read my important update below – Mat.

The fact that the ACLU just deployed seven attorneys to Santa Rosa County, Florida, to try and bury us in paper after we won a temporary reprieve from their strong-arm
tactics, speaks volumes about their intentions and exposes how desperately they want to win this case.

     Since only Liberty Counsel Senior Litigation Attorney Harry Mihet was in court this past Monday where he faced these seven ACLU attorneys, it is tempting to comment on how many ACLU attorneys it takes to handle one of our attorneys!


But that would diminish the extreme importance of the battle taking place in this small school system in
Northwest Florida. This is a VERY serious clash that will have major implications for every community in
America, including yours.

     The ACLU wants to win at all costs and produce a strategy they can use to oppress communities across the nation!

The ACLU’s plan was to get a Consent Decree issued, which would, in essence, criminalize common expressions of the Christian faith, like praying before a meal, by any school employee. And, the ACLU even attempted to stop religious expression off campus on private time!

The tactic they used in Santa Rosa County is a prototype of what they hope to deploy throughout the nation.  
Thus, they are lavishing resources on this case, including the involvement of a very large number of their senior litigators and their support staffs.

      As I have been sharing for several months, after defeating the ACLU at each juncture of this case, Liberty Counsel has gone on the offense against the ACLU and their attempts to CRIMINALIZE religious expression. 


Earlier this month, Federal District Court Judge M. Casey Rodgers granted in part a Preliminary Injunction in favor of 24 Liberty Counsel clients and granted our request to hear their remaining complaints.

Judge Rodgers’ injunction dealt a major blow to the ACLU-crafted Consent Decree that illegally infringed on religious expression and was being enforced by the Santa Rosa County School Board.

++The Consent Decree is both outrageous and unconstitutional!  

Although the School Board and the ACLU urged the court to dismiss our complaints, Judge Rodgers refused and instead stopped them in their tracks. A trial on the merits will
now occur in mid-summer 2011.

The Preliminary Injunction was a tremendous victory for our clients and every employee of the school district.  Until this ruling, the ACLU was able to continue terrorizing godly men and women in Santa Rosa County through the outrageous Consent Order.

     Imagine what this ruling will mean to employees and students alike during the upcoming 2011graduation 

season!  There will be freedom of religious expression at baccalaureate programs for the first time in years!

++Now the ACLU is bringing out their big guns.

This is a battle we simply cannot lose. But as you know, the ACLU has virtually unlimited resources and a “war chest” of hundreds of millions of dollars. That is how they were able
to assign seven of their attorneys to bludgeon one small school district in Florida’s panhandle region!

++ 40 Days to our ObamaCare showdown.

Right now my team and I are just weeks away from a major encounter with Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice (DOJ) at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
over the constitutionality of the personal “mandates” contained in ObamaCare.

Our May presentation is critical because it lays the groundwork for what will likely be the final argument
before the United States Supreme Court.

     That’s why our lawsuit against ObamaCare is so vitally important to EVERY citizen of the United States.

Liberty Counsel is now fully engaged
in confronting three major attacks on the rights of every American:

     *Challenging the disastrous provisions and unconstitutional mandates of ObamaCare…
     *Stopping pro-homosexual activists from overwhelming the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)…
     *And stopping the ACLU from “criminalizing” Christianity.

I believe these are each historic legal opportunities, yet our caseload and budget are now stretched far beyond what I could have envisioned when we planned for 2011.

Liberty Counsel MUST be able to answer the call in these ongoing battles and to meet the many other challenges 2011 has brought to our doorstep. Please consider a special
gift to Liberty Counsel to meet these critical needs by going here:
http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?U=39303&CID=330&RID=24051699

++Liberty Counsel needs your prayers as never before!

In the upcoming weeks, I feel strongly that our efforts need to be   undergirded with prayer as we confront the goliath-sized Department of Justice and ObamaCare – and later as we head into the ACLU “lion’s den.” Prayer is a vital component
of everything we do at Liberty Counsel, especially when we are going to court on cases as pivotal as the ones I have mentioned.

As you consider a special gift today, please reflect upon the fact that all of these battles will have enormous
national implications, including in YOUR community!

I pray you can step forward to help right now, even if you have done so before…even recently.  Our heritage of liberty in America is literally at stake in each of these landmark confrontations with anti-liberty, anti-faith forces!

THANK YOU in advance and may God abundantly bless you!

Mathew Staver

Founder and Chairman
Liberty Counsel

P.S. Our caseload is growing and our resources are understandably stretched.  Please pray for us. And, if you can financially help Liberty Counsel right now, I  will be deeply grateful!  Once again, go here to help Liberty Counsel turn back the dark forces that are attacking our God-given liberties:
http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?U=39304&CID=330&RID=24051699

+ + Comments? Questions?
http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?U=39305&CID=330&RID=24051699

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