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Thanks to new Desk friend Paula for sending this in.

     The panic-riddled email goes into some depth about an ACLU lawsuit against the Marines for allowing Christian prayer in the ranks.

     Well. That was news to both the ACLU and the US Marines.

     And the entire subject goes away when you uncover the first bit of truth. According to the US Marines, there is not now, nor has there ever been, a Marine Colonel named Jack Fessender. Second. Per the ACLU, they don't have an employee by the name of Lucius Traveler. So if these two people don't exist, what they said most certainly doesn't matter at all.
See link to Truth or Fiction below.

     HOWEVER, while checking the email out the Desk stumbled over something that was equally outrageous, which was later confirmed true from outside sources, although the ACLU doesn't mention it on their site.

     We'll look at some more of the email in a minute...

BUT FIRST, the Press Release about the ACLU from the Marine site:

United States Marine Corps

Press Release
Public Affairs Office
The American Legion; Ramona E. Joyce,
Release # 0314-06-1010
Legion launches national awareness
Feb. 28, 2006

WASHINGTON -- Meeting on Capitol Hill for its annual Washington Conference, the nation’s largest veterans organization today launched a national effort to close a legal loophole that gouges taxpayers when lawsuits against religious icons, veterans memorials, and the Boy Scouts are successful.

“Title 42 U.S. Code, Section 1988 was intended to help the poor obtain legal counsel in claims of real, tangible violations of civil rights,” said Tom Bock, national commander of The American Legion. “To leverage defendants into submission and enrich themselves at the same time, organizations like the ACLU have exploited it.”

A bill pending in the U.S. Congress, the Public Expression of Religion Act (H.R. 2679), would take away the authority of judges to award attorney fees in Establishment Clause cases involving religious heritage, such as veterans’ memorials.

The American Legion became involved at its 2004 National Convention by passing Resolution 326, Preserve Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial, after a federal judge in Riverside, Calif., ordered a solitary Latin cross located in the Mojave Desert - a World War I veterans memorial - to be destroyed. The court then awarded the ACLU $63,000 of taxpayer money in attorney fees.

“The Mojave Desert World War I Veterans Memorial case is a very dangerous precedent,” Bock said. “There are 9,000 crosses and Stars of David at Normandy. There are 22 national cemeteries with veterans at rest beneath religious symbols. There is nothing in the law to prevent groups like the ACLU from filing Establishment Clause lawsuits against those sacred grounds and then receiving taxpayer-paid attorney fees.

Bock is charging the nearly 15,000 American Legion posts across the nation to “educate and activate” their communities on this issue. Their mission is to create a ground swell of public demand on lawmakers to pass PERA in the 109th Congress. He has mailed to every post in the Legion a booklet, In the Footsteps of the Founders, which provides a complete step-by-step plan to conduct “educate and activate” campaigns in every town and neighborhood across the country.

Bock believes that stopping the flow of millions of dollars of taxpayer money to the ACLU and other organizations should remove or seriously decrease the incentive for them to pursue self-enriching suits against American values.

“Most people don’t know the ACLU receives taxpayer dollars when they challenge our values and heritage,” Bock said. “The American Legion aims to make sure Americans not only learn about it, but also learn how they can take action to stop it once and for all.”

End Press Release

Now that's an eye opener and no mistake.

     You have to wonder if the ACLU is filing the dozens of 'Establishment Clause' lawsuits they do file every year based on the pure and noble motivation to defend our first amendment freedoms, or the love of filthy lucre amongst their lawyers and a desire to sate it at the public trough. But that is an essay for another time.

For more pictures and a story of marines praying: Pictures and the Darkhorse story
And more at the US MARINES official site

For the American Civil Liberties Union visit

Truth or Fiction looks at this particular email.

has been edited for length

To: The Desk
From: Paula
Subject: What's Wrong With This Picture?
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 21:54:30 -0500

What's wrong with this picture?
     If you look closely at the picture above, you will note that all the Marines pictured are bowing their heads. That's because they're praying.
     This incident took place at a recent ceremony honoring the birthday of the corps, and it has the ACLU up in arms.  "These are federal employees," says Lucius Traveler, a spokesman for the ACLU, "on federal property and on federal time. For them to pray is clearly an establishment of religion, and we must nip this in the bud immediately."
     When asked about the ACLU's charges, Colonel Jack Fessender, speaking for the Commandant of the Corps said (cleaned up a bit),"Screw the ACLU." GOD Bless Our Warriors, Send the ACLU to France.

Please send this to people you know so everyone will know how stupid the ACLU is Getting in trying to remove GOD from everything and every place in America. May God Bless America, One Nation Under GOD!
What's wrong with the picture? ABSOLUTELY ! NOTHING

I am sorry but I am not breaking this one.....Let us pray.
Prayer chain for our Military...please don't break it

Please send this on after a short prayer.
Prayer for our soldiers.
"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen."


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