ACLJ to Defend City of Ocala, FL Against Bogus Lawsuit by Atheists Challenging Community Prayer Vigil | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

ACLJ Defends Against Atheists Lawsuit

1419283562454

(Washington, DC) - The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), which focuses on constitutional law, said today it has agreed to represent the City of Ocala, Florida which faces a federal lawsuit by an atheist organization for its support of a community prayer vigil in response to recent shootings that left young children injured.

The American Humanist Association (AHA) and four individual atheists have taken aim at the City of Ocala because of the decision of Ocala’s Chief of Police to publicly support a community prayer vigil aimed at developing unity and seeking justice in the wake of a spree of shootings that injured several small children in Ocala.

“Rather than concocting a constitutional crisis, these plaintiffs should be applauding the efforts of law enforcement officers to engage with the citizenry to make the community safer for all residents,” said David French, ACLJ Senior Counsel.  “The position that government officials working alongside members of the community to restore peace constitute an affront to liberty if prayer makes its way into those efforts is simply not supported by the law.”

The AHA filed its federal lawsuit at the end of November, claiming the City and its officials violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment by supporting the community prayer vigil.  The ACLJ rejects that assertion noting that numerous court decisions - including by the U.S. Supreme Court - have upheld governmental prayer practices as lawful and constitutional.

The ACLJ will ask the court to dismiss the claims against the City, its Police Department, its Chief of Police, and its Mayor, as the plaintiffs are not entitled to any of the relief they seek, which includes an injunction against the City and monetary damages from the Police Chief and Mayor.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law & Justice is based in Washington, D.C. and is online at aclj.org.

Senate Committee Votes on Christian Nominee

By ACLJ.org1507227466214

President Donald Trump recently nominated Professor Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Professor Barrett is a highly qualified law professor from Notre Dame with a resume that includes clerking for the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. She is also...

read more

Ending Discrimination in Disaster Relief Funding

By ACLJ.org1506085200000

Christian charity has been the greatest financial force for good the world has ever known, yet churches are being penalized and discriminated against in providing vital aid to those in the most need after some of the worst natural disasters we’ve ever witnessed in America. When natural disasters...

read more

The Left Attacks Christian Judicial Nominees

By Jay Sekulow1504880005237

Two leftist Senators just attacked one of President Trump’s judicial nominees because she is a Christian. This is anti-Christian bigotry. The message of the Left is clear: Christians need not apply. This behavior was unacceptable in 1776, and it is unconstitutional today. Being a Christian should...

read more

Angry Atheist's Outlandish Attack

By Skip Ash1502292667647

So you thought you heard it all from the angry atheist, anti-Christian extremists led by Mikey Weinstein and the absurdly named Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) – think again. This time they are ludicrously claiming that a leadership conference that includes executives from Facebook and...

read more