The ACLU threatened to sue a Catholic hospital for refusing to perform a sterilization procedure requested by a woman. So it gave in, violating Catholic teachings.
I suspect the hospital could have won that legal battle. But now not only lawsuits but the threat of lawsuits–with their huge financial toll even in a winning case–have become cudgels to extort compliance with ACLU demands. I know of small towns that have removed religious imagery from their logos for similar threats.
Honest question: Doesn’t the American Civil Liberties Union consider religion to be a civil liberty? [Read more...]