The Summer 2005 issue of the ACLU of North Carolina, Liberty, reports that the principal of Lakeside (a public school in
Guilford Alamance County, North Carolina) had been leading mandatory prayer sessions for the entire student body, followed by religious singing.
This was put to a stop only after a student contacted the legal team at ACLU-NC, which successfully applied pressure on the school to end the clearly illegal, not to mention unethical, practice.
This is why the Republican Party cannot stand the American Civil Liberties Union and its state affiliates: the ACLU is just about the only force left in America with the wherewithal to stop religious zealots from using government power to shove their beliefs down kids’ throats. Put another way, the ACLU protects individual liberty against the force of the mob. Republican politicians can’t stand that, and that’s why they’re doing all they can to undermine, weaken, and ultimately destroy the ACLU. But as long as the law is on their side and they have the resources to do their job, the ACLU will keep right on defending us and our kids from the efforts of power-mad fundamentalists in government positions.
We can ensure that the law remains on the side of liberty by voting on Election Day, and every day we can harangue our legislative representatives into doing the right thing. We can ensure that the ACLU has the resources to keep our laws enforced by sending off a check. To become a card-carrying member of the ACLU of North Carolina, click here. To contribute to the efforts of the national ACLU, click here.