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To amend the Revised Statutes of the United States to eliminate the chilling effect on the constitutionally protected expression of religion by State and local officials that results from the threat that potential litigants may seek damages and attorney's fees.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the `Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005'.
SEC. 2. LIMITATIONS ON CERTAIN LAWSUITS AGAINST STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS.
(a) Civil Action for Deprivation of Rights- Section 1979 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (42 U.S.C. 1983) is amended--
(1) by inserting `(a)' before the first sentence; and
(2) by adding at the end the following:
`(b) The remedies with respect to a claim under this section where the deprivation consists of a violation of a prohibition in the Constitution against the establishment of religion shall be limited to injunctive relief.'.
(b) Attorneys Fees- Section 722(b) of the Revised Statutes of the United States (42 U.S.C. 1988(b)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `However, no fees shall be awarded under this subsection with respect to a claim described in subsection (b) of section nineteen hundred and seventy nine.
This bill is being co-sponsored by South Carolina's own Gresham Barrett. I have personally met Rep. Barrett. He is a man who truly has the best interests of our state at heart.
Let your representative know that you support this. It could be a good first step toward preserving our religious freedoms. It could also help stop groups such as the ACLU from using our taxpayer funds in an attempt to eliminate our ability to worship as we please.
Go here to find your South Carolina Representative for your district and send them an e-mail showing your support.