… and they’re doing it with a record number of plaintiffs:
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. FFRF names as defendants State Rep. Rick Saccone, author of the resolution, Clancy Myer, House Parliamentarian and Anthony Frank Barbush, Chief Clerk of the Pennsylvania House.
“We heard an outpouring of indignation over this improper state action. We’ve never had so many members volunteer to be part of one of our lawsuits,” commented Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president. Pennsylvania membership was appalled and offended by what FFRF’s complaint calls the “exclusive endorsement of the bible and its teachings as constituting the state-sanctioned religion of Pennsylvania.”
FFRF factually contests the resolution, which claims the “word of God” and “biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government.” Another sponsor, Rep. Jerry Stern, claimed the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause doesn’t apply to the State of Pennsylvania, even though its guarantees apply equally to state citizens under the 14th Amendment.
Feel free to weigh in about their chances of success here. Even though FFRF is right about their claims, it seems like they have an uphill battle to climb in convincing a judge this is far more than just a symbolic resolution and that it’s really government endorsement of Christianity.
The original resolution inspired an atheist group to put up a Bible-based “pro-slavery billboard.” It was vandalized after one day and received lots of backlash from even the atheist community.
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