Today, the ACLJ has again represented you and your interests by filing our major brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Here’s the crux of the situation:
With the help of the ACLU, Mr. Eugene Winkler and other taxpayers brought a lawsuit against the military for their support of the National Scout Jamboree, held every four years.
(It is important to note that the military has provided service and support for this national event since 1937. Furthermore, Congress passed the Jamboree statute in 1972 to formally recognize the military’s role in the Jamboree.)
The plaintiffs argued that the Jamboree statute – and others – were laws ”respecting an establishment of religion” in violation of the First Amendment …
… since the Boy Scouts’ oath contains an affirmation to God.
The District Court agreed.
As this case makes its way to the appeals court, the ACLJ is ready to continue fighting for religious freedom in America!
Bearing the signatures of 88 members of the House and Senate, our brief contends that – among other things – the Jamboree statute was written by Congress to help the military pursue its own recruiting and public relations interests through involvement with private organizations …
… not to promote the Boy Scouts of America’s religious beliefs.
This is just another blatant attempt by the ACLU and others to destroy the Boy Scouts of America – because it is part of the scouts’ oath to affirm their belief in God.
The Boy Scouts Jamboree is a time-honored national tradition … we cannot allow it to be destroyed to advance the liberal cause of the ACLU and others!
The ACLJ will continue to fight this unconstitutional ruling and will keep you updated on our progress in the days to come.
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