Pentecostal minister Howard Thompson, Jr. used to preach during worship services at the New Jersey State Prison.
A couple years ago, prison officials put a stop to that.
The Christian Right is *furious* at the ACLU for infringing on Thompson’s right to practice his fai—oh wait…
The ACLU was on Thompson’s side.
In fact, it’s because of the ACLU that Thompson won his case and can now resume preaching.
“The decision by prison officials in New Jersey to allow Mr. Thompson to resume practicing his faith is a welcome acknowledgement that religious freedom in this country extends to all,” said Daniel Mach, Director of Litigation for the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief. “The ban on prisoner preaching was clearly at odds with the law and the American value of religious liberty, and this decision was long overdue.”
Good for all of them. The ACLU was on the right side of this case.
Shouldn’t they be thanking them in this case?
And when was the last time the ACLJ (or their ilk) won a case on behalf of an atheist?