Judge vs. ACLU
By Alexander Samuels
I would like to introduce you to District Judge Michael Caperton of London, Kentucky. He is a committed Christian who says his goal is "to help people and their families." The ACLU, however, is not . . . pleased with some of Judge Caperton's rulings. (See the Associated Press article "Judge Gives Offenders Option of Church" from May 31.)
Judge Caperton has been offering some drug and alcohol offenders options when it comes to their sentencing. They may choose to go to jail, attend rehab or start attending the worship services of their choice. The judge says this is not a church-state issue because the guilty parties have a choice of sentences. They decide.
The ACLU maintains that Judge Caperton has crossed the line of neutrality that the government must maintain toward religion. Let's look at this for a moment: From the article I read, it seems that the ACLU is not upset with the guilty offenders having a choice between jail time or attending rehab. The ACLU is upset because these offenders have a third option of attending a worship service of their choice: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, etc. It is obvious that they don't believe that Judge Caperton is being too soft on crime. They see this as being a constitutional issue in which religion (mostly Christianity and Judaism) is being encouraged by the judge's rulings.
The framers of our Constitution are rolling over in their graves. When our founding fathers wrote that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," they were addressing their concerns about a state-supported church such as is found in England. They were writing in the context of a Christian-dominated culture where the people did not want to see one Christian denomination given state support over another Christian denomination. This historic interpretation has been suppressed and redefined by those who wish to erase religion as a sphere of influence in our country.
My opinion: Judge Caperton, keep up your good work of helping people and their families. As for the anti-constitutional, anti-liberty, anti-religion ACLU—well, the Bible does say to pray for your enemies. Enough said.