We learned today that the Chesapeake City Council caved to the bullying tactics of the ACLU and the so-called "Freedom From Religion Foundation" and changed their prayer policy to censor "sectarian" prayers, or prayers in Jesus name. This is yet another disappointing case of overreacting to the threats of anti-religious bigots by an elected body that simply does not understand the law. According to the most recent federal appellate court that has reviewed all the case law in this area, neither the Supreme Court or any appellate court has mandated "non-sectarian" prayer at public meetings. It is another success case for the ACLU's strategy of misleading the public on what the courts actually say.

Religious liberty loses again.