Christianism in the Courtroom

The Washington Post has an article called Bringing the church to the courtroom that details the work of Alliance Defense Fund, a Christianist organization that characterizes itself as a sort of “anti-ACLU.” From the sound of their agenda they are hoping they can destroy civil liberties by using the court system.

The group has been battling embryonic stem cell research in Missouri and won a Supreme Court stay preventing the removal of California’s 29-foot Mount Soledad cross. In Florida, where saving the life of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo became a crusade, the group supported efforts to nourish her.

“What we are really trying to protect are the things this country was founded on,” said D. James Kennedy, leader of Florida’s Coral Ridge Ministries and one of the prominent Christian conservatives who fashioned the alliance in 1993 as a sharp stick in the national culture debate.

That is not how opponents see the organization. While crediting the ADF with training troops for battles once fought by a haphazard assortment of government lawyers and often ill-prepared volunteers, critics question the alliance’s commitment to tolerance and the Constitution.

D. James Kennedy is an open reconstructionist. That is, he is hostile to democracy and individual liberty. He will destroy the Constitution if he can. His endorsement of the ADA exposes their agenda rather nicely.

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