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House passes measure to chill establishment-clause lawsuits

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by 2 Timothy2:1-4, Aug 7, 2007.

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    Dec 22, 2006
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    WASHINGTON (ABP) -- After impassioned debate on the separation of church and state Sept. 26, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would make it harder to sue the government for violations of church-state separation.
    House members voted 244-173 in favor of H.R. 2679, called by supporters the "Public Expression of Religion Act." In cases involving the First Amendment's establishment clause, the proposal would prevent federal courts from requiring government entities to reimburse the legal costs of the individual or group that sued the government agency -- even though the agency was found in violation of the constitution.