Is the party almost over for ACLU and AUSCS?
The Darwinists, while shedding crocodile tears over the $1 million attorney fee award's great burden upon the Dover Area school district, have been exploiting this award as an example for the purpose of intimidating school boards and state legislatures that wish to add any criticism of evolution to public school curricula. Furthermore, the Darwinists have been abusing the establishment clause as a means of suppressing scientific ideas that they don't like.
IMO, while some establishment-clause lawsuits may be justified, many others are not. For example, the ACLU has threatened to sue over a tiny cross in the Los Angeles County seal. This cross, displayed along with the Hollywood Bowl bandshell, could be interpreted as symbolizing the Easter sunrise services at the Bowl, but could also be interpreted as symbolizing the role that the Spanish missions played in the history of the county. The cross has a legitimate secular purpose as a historical symbol and is not large enough to make non-Christians feel like outsiders. It would be impractical to purge our public sphere of everything with religious connections, even if we wanted to do it -- for example, our secular calendar and 7-day week are religious in origin.
If the bill passes, establishment-clause lawsuits are likely to continue but will probably be much more modest in nature. The cost-no-object Kitzmiller v. Dover lawsuit was a veritable orgy of extravagance, with 9-10 plaintiffs' attorneys of record and at least five of them in the courtroom on every day of a six-week trial. The previous Dover school board members have been made into scapegoats for the extravagances of the ACLU et al..
By seeking exorbitant attorney fee awards, the ACLU and the AUSCS may soon find that they killed the goose that laid the golden eggs.
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