Anyone noticing that the ACLU is trying to walk back their involvement in scolding Marty Jackley for having a prayer at the informational meeting on the Westerhuis Murder/Gear Up Press conference?
On KSFY yesterday, the ACLU was puffing out their chest on the matter:
ACLU South Dakota leaders believe a public prayer held during a press conference in Platte violates the constitution.
For some this could be a time to pray, but ACLU South Dakota leaders question where it’s appropriate.
ACLU executive director Heather Smith said “as a representative of government, the attorney general’s job is to represent all people, and not just a portion of people. In this case, the reference to Heavenly Father at the press conference, could be taken as in reference to Christ, and one religion in particular over others, or no religion at all.”
“Joining a community that has tragically lost an entire family in a moment of prayer is both appropriate and legal. The United States Supreme Court has clearly upheld and recognized the Guaranteed Constitutional Right to Freedom of Religion. As Attorney General, I have joined with other State Attorneys General in successfully allowing gatherings which include local government and other legislative functions to open a meeting with an appropriate prayer. I invite the ACLU to join with me and other State Attorneys General in both recognizing and protecting Civil Liberties and Constitutional Rights,” said Attorney General Jackley.
As well as the support of others who think the ACLU is looking like a drove of jackasses..
Note to ACLU: When 6 people are dead, and more than $1 million of public funding has disappeared, a prayer to start a public mtg can’t hurt.
— Bob Mercer (@pierremercer) March 17, 2016
.. the SD ACLU actually seems to be trying to slink away, And better yet, they’re in the paper trying to spin it and claim they weren’t the ones who were complaining. (Despite going on TV and all)..
The attorney general’s press release was directed at the American Civil Liberties Union, which was not directly involved in the back and forth.
Courtney Bowie, legal director for the ACLU, said Hanna has worked with ACLU before but was not representing the group in Wednesday’s exchange. However, the organization maintains its stance that allowing a Christian prayer at the press conference violated the Establishment Clause.
Nope. Nothing to do with it. Nothing at all. IT WAS ONLY THEIR FREAKING ED on KSFY howling about AG Marty Jackley, and they’re actually trying to claim that they were not directly involved?
Apparently, when 6 people are lost in a murder suicide, and a state official wants to talk about it, and allows a local pastor to offer a prayer to the local community members, the ACLU will stand firmly against it…
…for the 3 or 4 hours it takes them to realize they look like idiots.