The ACLU is seeking to stop St. Bernard Parish in New Orleans from constructing a cross to memorialize the 129 people from the parish who died in Hurricane Katrina. That’s nothing new, the ACLU is always against the government displaying religious, especially Christian, symbols.
But this case is different. Everything involved is private not public.
The cross is to be on private land built by volunteers with private funds. The only case the ACLU has to make is that some of those working on and supporting the cross are public officials, but all of the work is being done during their own time, away from their work in the government.
Why does the ACLU care? What difference does it make if 5, 50 or 5,000 people come together to build a cross on private land with private money? Is the ACLU honestly saying that anyone who works for the government cannot participate in religious activities during their off time?
Even those who disagree with my position on the seperation of church and state should agree that a government official has the right to do anything religious in their spare time that an ordinary citizen can do.
Bill Donohue, the Catholic League President, gave the ACLU some good advice, “If I’m on the ACLU side, I’d say to them, don’t take this case, because now the mask is off. This displays your real adamants. You don’t like the public expression of religion whether it’s privately funded or publicly funded.”
If the ACLU pursues this case it would demonstrate that they are a purely anti-religious, particularly Christian, organization. Civil liberties will have become a secondary concern behind expunging religious influence from America.