Commentary

Obama Administration Faces Lawsuit If It Doesn't Re-Open WWII Memorial

By Jay Sekulow | October 2, 2013 | 4:12pm EDT

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a constitutional law firm based in Washington, D.C., is prepared to take legal action if the Obama Administration does not re-open the national World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. - a memorial that was barricaded as a result of the government shutdown.

The ACLJ is also calling on the Administration to remove the barricades, and demand that President Obama apologize to WWII veterans.

World War II Memorial Closed

What we are witnessing is a disturbing violation of the First Amendment rights of our nation's heroes. By spending money to bring in barricades to attempt to shut-down an open-air memorial is abhorrent and deeply insulting to WWII vets who defended the very freedoms that are now threatened by the Obama Administration's actions.

We are prepared to take legal action if this injustice is not corrected. We are also launching a national campaign to demand that the barricades be removed and that President Obama issue an apology to the WWII veterans.

In a letter sent today to President Obama, ACLJ called the shutdown of the memorial "morally inexcusable." At the same time, we noted the ACLJ is prepared to take legal action if the memorial is not re-opened. "Should the closure of the Memorial continue, we will be obligated to file a federal lawsuit seeking an injunction against the Government," the letter concludes.

The ACLJ is also launching a national campaign demanding that the barricades be removed and that President Obama issue a personal apology to veterans.

Editor's Note: Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, is based in Washington, D.C. and is online at www.aclj.org.

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