Tuesday, June 27th, 2006
An Open Letter to Congress on the Pledge Protection Act (H.R. 2389)
As we speek, I’m filling out the form letter to Congress in regards to the Pledge Protection Act (H.R. 2389) over at Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. AU’s cut-and-paste text appears as normal, my contribution appears in bold italics.
Dear Congressman Lamar Smith,
As your constituent, I urge you to oppose the Pledge Protection Act, H.R. 2389 that would slam the courthouse doors on religious minorities to assert their fundamental constitutional rights. This legislation is an attack on our very system of government.
I believe it is imperative to leave the independence of the federal judiciary intact and not undermine the crucial separation of powers at the heart of our government.
Most importantly, I believe in the rights of religious minorities. H.R. 2389 would undermine the longstanding constitutional rights of religious minorities to seek redress in the federal courts. As a result, this legislation will seriously harm religious minorities and the constitutional rights of countless individuals.
Christians, both left-wing and right-wing, make up about 85% of the population of this great country. This huge advantage of numbers renders any "threat" from religious minorities laughable. This is simply too extreme a measure to be taking if one were merely concerned with "equal rights" for the majority religion.
But then, it never was about ensuring equality for Christians, was it?
Once again, I urge you to oppose the Pledge Protection Act, H.R. 2389. This is an important issue and one I will be following.
J. A. Baker
I would strongly suggest that others write to their Congresscritters, even if it won’t do any good. They have to know that they serve at the pleasure of their constituents, and will be voted out if they don’t listen.