Bob McDonnell on a Roll
Virginia's new Attorney General Bob McDonnell is doing an OUTSTANDING job providing informative communications as well as putting the visibility of his office to good use. Tonight he held a conference call with a number of Virginia bloggers (I couldn't make it, dang this day job...) and apparently the format was wide open for any type of questions.
I'm also impressed with his priorities. This is from this morning's press release from the AG's office:
ACLU Threatens to Shutdown Boy Scout Jamboree
Virginia Attorney Generalâ€™s Office Files Amicus in Defense of Scouts/U.S. Military
Richmond- Tomorrow, April 6th at 9:30AM, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago will hear the appeal of a case that would put an end to the National Boy Scout Jamboree which is held every four years at Fort A.P. Hill in Caroline County, Virginia.
The case, Winkler v. Rumsfeld, was brought by the ACLU. In its case the ACLU alleges that the words "duty to God" in the Scout Oath makes the group a religious organization, and that any government support for the group, including use of a military facility, violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment that dictates separation of church and state. The ACLU was successful in a federal district court in Chicago where a judge ruled that the militaryâ€™s support for the Boy Scouts is unconstitutional. If the ruling were to stand, the military would be able to offer no support for the Boy Scouts, despite the fact that the United States military regularly provides support for many other civic organizations. The Department of Defense has appealed the case.
The Virginia Attorney Generalâ€™s Office has written an amicus brief in support of the Department of Defense and the Boy Scouts. As the host state of the Boy Scout Jamboree the Commonwealth has a vested and direct interest in this case.
Speaking about the case, Virginia Attorney General McDonnell, a former Boy Scout and U.S. Army Officer himself, stated, "The Boy Scouts are a patriotic and important civic organization teaching young people the values they need to become mature and productive citizens." McDonnell continued "This case is not just about the outrageous ACLU attack on yet another bedrock of American culture. It is about preserving a rational view intended by our Founding Fathers concerning the First Amendment ban on a government establishment of religion. I believe our Founders would be incredulous to learn that some believe that the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits the Boy Scouts from acknowledging their duty to God while on a military base."
He made the point again at a press conference on the Boy Scout Jamboree issue this afternoon:
Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell, a former Boy Scout, said he was "particularly offended" by the lower court's ruling, which he described as "way out of the mainstream."
"It seems to be another attempt by liberal groups to exclude the inclusion of religion in the public square..."
Our attorney general taking on the ACLU: How cool is that?
Thank you, Mr. McDonnell, keep up the great work and the great PR effort.
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