April 15, 2011

ACLU leader: Burn down the village to save it … from churches?

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On Wednesday Becket Fund Founder Seamus Hasson debated the head of the ACLU, Anthony Romero, at the University of Connecticut School of Law. The topic was religion and public schools. Suffice it to say they didn’t agree on much, with Seamus pointing out that in early America, government bodies often met in churches because they were the largest venues in town, and Romero saying that didn’t matter. Perhaps the oddest comment of the debate was Romero’s rather harsh condition for using a religious building for a public function: “If the whole city has been decimated … and it was the only possible space, then you could talk to me about it.” So if your city is destroyed, there is still hope: You are slightly less likely to get sued by the ACLU!