Public Expression of Religion Act Could Become a Reality
Last year, the Public Expression of Religion Act was introduced in Congress. This bill would bar the recovery of attorneys' fees to those who win lawsuits asserting their constitutional and civil rights in cases brought under the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. PERA has already been approved by the House Judiciary Committee, and its proponents have established a scare campaign to make Americans think that--without restricting access to attorneys--religious symbols on military gravestones would be removed. Such symbols are, of course, constitutionally protected.
The ACLU's letter to the House of Representatives, urging opposition to PERA, is here.