Lehigh (PA) Officials Say Giant Christian Cross at Center of County Seal Has Nothing to Do with Religion

Last month, officials in Lehigh County (Pennsylvania) discussed what to do about their seal:

There was a Christian cross right in the middle of it and the Freedom From Religion Foundation was sending them a warning about the illegal promotion of religion. At the time, they held a closed-door meeting to discuss potential litigation, but that was the last we heard about the issue.

Were they going to redesign it? It would be a relatively easy thing to do…

Nope. They announced last night that they would tell FFRF to shove it:

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Five More College Basketball Teams Accused of Employing Chaplains

Earlier this week, we learned that Wichita State University, a public school, had a possibly-taxpayer-funded chaplain for their basketball team:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation now claims there are “five more public universities that inappropriately employ religious leaders for their basketball teams.”

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Why Does Wichita State University’s Basketball Team Employ a Chaplain?

It’s commonplace for professional sports teams to have chaplains. They’re private leagues; it’s not a constitutional violation. But the NCAA is a very different story. Many of the schools in this year’s men’s basketball tournament are public universities and, therefore, have no business having someone on the team whose job it is to promote Christianity.

But that’s what’s happening with Wichita State, the school that beat the higher-ranked Kansas Jayhawks over the weekend to get to the Sweet 16:

According to a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to the school’s President Dr. John W. Bardo, attorney Andrew Seidel and Legal Fellow Katherine Paige (a Wichita State alum herself) want to find out how much taxpayer money is being used to fund the promotion of Christianity on the team:

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Pickens County School Board Will Vote Tonight to Bring Prayer Back to Their Meetings

***Update***: The vote was 3 for, 3 against, and 1 abstention… so the prayer policy will *not* change. That is to say meetings will not open with sectarian invocations. Hallelujah! … I thought this issue had been put to rest already… but I guess not. Last September, the Pickens County Board of Trustees in South [Read More...]

Morning Prayers Are a Part of the San Antonio Police Department Daily Routine

Apparently the San Antonio Police Department conducts “morning prayer” after roll call — and then flaunts it on Facebook:



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