America’s Challenges and Where We Go from Here
Report by Richard Geno
Brad Dacus got 2011 off to a great start. As the founder and president of Pacific Justice Institute, Brad defends religious liberties and parental rights throughout the country. PJI has a network of approximately one thousand volunteer affiliate attorneys, and handles more cases on the West Coast than any other organization of its kind.
Brad pointed out that the greatest discrimination against the constitutional rights of conservatives, Christians and Jews is by the federal government. He provided many examples, including a lady in San Francisco who was fired for supporting Proposition 8, which was referenced as "providing a hostile work environment."
He talked about the fact that students cannot bring the Bible to a public school in California that PJI has defended. Brad discussed the defense that PJI has given to home schooling. The Los Angeles School District indicated that home schooling was illegal unless the home schooler was a credentialed teacher. PJI was able to defeat this effort.
Brad shared how the city council of Visalia attempted to apply the concept of eminent domain against a building that was purchased by a church for a children's community center. He told us that the city of San Leandro referenced churches as "an economic blight to the community." They also tried to apply the use of eminent domain against the purchase of property designed for church use as "a loss of tax revenue." PJI was successful in fighting these governmental power grabs.
Brad also discussed how the national health care law known as ObamaCare was not only a fiscal drain on the economy, but also a direct infringement of individual rights provided by the Constitution. It violates the Commerce Clause as outlined in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. PJI is leading the battle on the West Coast against ObamaCare.
Brad predicted that eventually that the constitutionality of both Proposition 8 and ObamaCare would be decided by the United States Supreme Court. He further estimated that ObamaCare would reach the Supreme Court in late 2012.
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