CA county draws ire of ACLU over pro-life resolution

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A California county that recognized a pro-life pregnancy center for its work has stood up to the ACLU. 

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution in April honoring the Door of Hope ministry.

Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute says the county board received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union complaining about the resolution.

Dacus says the ACLU was going to file a lawsuit "on the grounds that the government can't recognize any religious institution, even the meritous work of a religious institution."

PJI offered to represent the county free of charge and on July 8 the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to reaffirm the resolution for Door of Hope.

Dacus calls the ACLU's action "clear open hostility" because the organization claims that a county government can recognize everyone but a religious-based organizations, he says.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)Calaveras County can recognize a religious-based organization for its work but cannot endorse religion, the PJI attorney explains.

On its website, the ACLU of Northern California complained that the April resolution read that women helped by Door of Hope can "test and see" the blessings that come from "living the teachings of Christ."

In the letter sent to the county, the ACLU also asked supervisors in the future to "commend the good work" of clinics that provide a "full range of women's health care" and commend any local groups that provide women with "objective information" about their "pregnancy options." 

The second resolution approved on July 8 was slightly edited – the word "unborn" was removed – and it also drew the ire of the ACLU.

The county's decision to reaffirm the resolution "sends a signal to the ACLU that they can't get away with bullying such counties like this," Dacus tells OneNewsNow.

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