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ADF attorney to testify before S. Carolina Legislature on proposed bill allowing public prayer

ADF attorney Mike Johnson to provide legal analysis on constitutionality of South Carolina Public Prayer and Invocation Act
Published On: 10/18/2017

WHO: ADF Senior Legal Counsel Mike Johnson
WHAT: Addressing the South Carolina Legislature’s Senate Judiciary Subcommittee regarding the constitutionality of public prayer
WHEN: Thursday, April 19, at 9 a.m. EDT
WHERE: South Carolina State Capitol Building, Rm. 407, Gressette Bldg., 1100 Gervais St., Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Alliance Defense Fund Senior Legal Counsel Mike Johnson will testify before the South Carolina Legislature’s Senate Judiciary Subcommittee regarding the constitutionality of a proposed bill, S. 638, referred to as the South Carolina Public Prayer and Invocation Act.  His testimony is scheduled to take place Thursday at 9 a.m. EDT at the state capitol in Room 407, Gressette Building.

"With all the problems facing America today, the centuries-old tradition of asking God’s blessings over our public affairs is one that should be encouraged and embraced.  Instead, groups like the American Civil Liberties Union are in attack mode—bullying, threatening, and filing lawsuits in an aggressive strategy to rid public meetings of these invocations," said Johnson.  "The Supreme Court has acknowledged that public prayer has been an integral part of our nation’s heritage since the time of its founding, and our Constitution has always protected this fundamental right."

The ACLU has threatened legal action against public officials in South Carolina, as well as many other states, and has made extraordinary demands that invocations be censored or altogether prohibited.  Johnson was invited to testify before South Carolina Legislature’s Senate Judiciary Subcommittee to provide legal analysis on the issue of public invocations and also served in an advisory capacity in the drafting of the bill.

"It seems the ACLU would have us believe the First Amendment is all about forced silence, rather than free speech," said Johnson.  "I am grateful to have this opportunity to present legal analysis before the South Carolina Legislature on what the First Amendment really says and the freedom it decidedly affirms."

 

ADF is a legal alliance of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations defending the right of people to freely live out their faith. Launched in 1994, ADF employs a unique combination of strategy, training, funding, and litigation to protect and preserve religious liberty, the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family.

 

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