The case was brought by Dan Barker, an atheist, one-time Christian minister and co-president of FFRF
. Barker said he would like to offer a secular invocation to the House, but he was denied because, to offer an invocation, House policies provide that he must be a guest chaplain who is "ordained by a recognized body" and that ordination must be "in the faith in which he/she practices."(AU also filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Barker's case).
Under the first prong, FFRF
argued that the parsonage allowance did not have a secular purpose because it was not available to secular taxpayers (and was therefore discriminatory).
According to the FFRF
, the discount excludes nonchurchgoers, thereby violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act's prohibitions against "discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin." But Rose is correct in pointing out that, as a private business owner, he has a right to offer discounts as he sees fit.
Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF
) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit national organization that promotes the constitutional principle of separation of state and church, and educates the public on matters relating to nontheism.
A local resident reportedly complained about the picture to the FFRF
, prompting the letter from the group's attorney, Rebecca Markert.
sued the city for violating its freedom of speech.
A lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF
) that charged the State of North Dakota with funding the religiously based Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch was thrown out by a federal judge who determined that the funding was not unconstitutional because it was allocated through the executive branch of state government rather than through appropriations of the state legislature.
(7.) The Freedom From Religion Foundation ("FFRF
"), for example, has filed lawsuits challenging faith-based units in the federal prisons and in a women's prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America ("CCA") under a contract with the state of New Mexico.
co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor acknowledges the district's supposed "content neutral policy"--FFRF even successfully publicized its own free-thinking-based events through the district in years past as a response to the various religious groups consistently advertised through the schools--but says the district must draw the line at programs having nothing to do with school activities, especially since the staff labor of distributing the materials is, after all, taxpayer-subsidized.
But $1 million is considered a hefty sum for a college of ACC's size and critics like the Madison, Wisc.-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF
) criticize the appropriation as being a violation of the separation of church and state.
When not suing the pants off the people responsible for such flagrantly unconstitutional use of your tax dollars, the FFRF
spreads the secularist gospel with publications and gatherings.
To this end, the proposed Fusion Fuel Research Facility (FFRF
), to be located at Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, is a highly leveraged potential expenditure.