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Meese & Shackleford: How lawyers plan to stifle speech and faith




The American Bar Association is one of the few organizations that provide recommendations for judicial candidates – and in today's Washington Times two key attorneys opine about the ABA's latest ethics rules change – one that could change basic constitutional freedoms of speech, religion and association:

By Edwin Meese III and Kelly J. Shackleford - 

Last week the American Bar Association (ABA) changed its model ethics rules for lawyers, prohibiting attorneys from engaging in speech or being a member of any organization — even churches — that holds traditional views on marriage, sexuality and other issues. It now goes to each state’s courts for consideration, which must emphatically reject Model Rule 8.4 as an unprecedented threat to religious liberty, both for attorneys and their clients.

The ABA adopted Model Rule 8.4, which makes it unethical — and thus something for which a lawyer could lose his or her license to practice law — to “discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or socioeconomic status in conduct related to the practice of law.”

The rule’s official comments sweepingly interpret discrimination “related” to practicing law to include “verbal conduct” and “business or social activities.” Anything a lawyer says to another person — whether speaking in church or over dinner — sharing his viewpoints on same-sex marriage, transgenderism, Black Lives Matter or illegal immigration, would enable any hearer to file a complaint with the state bar authority.

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  1. WOW…. something I have long wondered about, its a conspiracy. I have long known there are lawyers that don’t have respect or a scholarly knowledge of the Bill of Rights and that there are law schools that teach a watered down version of our constitutionally protected God-given rights.
    This is scandalous corruption of justice for all!
    This sounds like something from a fascist police state or a third world banana republic dictatorship

  2. Article One Section three. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
    The free exercise and enjoyment of religious profession and worship, without discrimination, shall forever be guaranteed, and no person shall be denied any civil or political right, privilege or capacity, on account of his religious opinions; but the liberty of conscience hereby secured shall not be construed to dispense with oaths or affirmations, excuse acts of licentiousness, or justify practices inconsistent with the peace or safety of the State. No person shall be required to attend or support any ministry or place of worship against his consent, nor shall any preference be given by law to any religious denomination or mode of worship.- (Source: Illinois Constitution)
    The Illinois Courts must reject the changes!

  3. Word to the wise, Illinois has its own rules for lawyers, some of which are modeled upon the ABA recommendations, but not completely. This is a state issue and Illinois is not obliged to follow the lead of the ABA crackpots (who are 100% in the tank for HRC for over twenty-five years).