ACLU trying to control public prayer

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businessman prayingThe American Civil Liberties Union is asking the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to tell private citizens how and what they can pray before meetings of the Cobb County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners.

The ACLU actually suggested to the court that Cobb County officials be ordered to send letters to invited clergy telling them “not to invoke religious messages” in their opening prayers and the commissioners’ meetings.
This is religious bigotry; it’s anti-free speech; it’s everything that they’re supposed to be against. The idea that the ACLU would want the government to tell people how they should or should not pray is outrageous.”
the fact that the ACLU is trying to use the power of the government to tell people how to pray is just an incredible invasion of freedom, and [it] shows that they are not about freedom and liberty at all. They’re about oppression and trying to stamp out religious speech.”
I thought the ACLU sought to protect people from the overreaching government and discrimination against religion, race, or creed. I guess I was mistaken.The mission statement of the ACLU states:

The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of these protections and guarantees:

Your First Amendment rightsfreedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.

I wonder what changed?

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