Activists Seek Law to Shield Religious Practice from Courts

By Witham, Larry | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), December 12, 1997 | Go to article overview

Activists Seek Law to Shield Religious Practice from Courts


Witham, Larry, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


A group of scholars and pro-family activists yesterday called on Congress to step in to stop federal judges from blocking state arrangements providing for individual religious expression in public schools and institutions.

The "Statement on Religious Liberty" was issued yesterday by the Family Research Council and signed by leaders of 12 traditional values organizations and four law professors.

The statement proposes that Congress pass legislation to "erect a federalism shield to protect the authority of state institutions" and preserve "the rights of individual citizens in these institutions and other public forums."

While the document cites a general trend of federal judges interfering in state practices, it comes close on the heels of two high-profile episodes in Alabama.

In one, a federal judge issued a permanent injunction outlining what kinds of religious expression students may be allowed in Alabama schools. In the other, a federal judge banned the Ten Commandments from a courthouse wall.

"Alabama is just the most current outrage," said Bernard Dobranski, dean of the Catholic University Law School and one of the signers. …

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