When police departments have chaplains, we can argue over whether that’s legal, but a common rebuttal is that it’s mostly symbolic and hurts nobody. Let’s put a rest to all that. According to an open records request by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Orlando Police Department (in Florida) spent nearly $25,000 on its chaplain [Read More…]
School Board Member in Chino Valley (California) Invokes Terrorist Attacks to Defend Prayers During Meetings
A couple of months ago, I posted about the Chino Valley Unified School District (in California), where Board of Education meetings resembled church services.
That’s not an exaggeration at all. Here’s just a snippet of what a meeting looked like:
… CVUSD Board of Education President James Na said [at a meeting] “our lives begin in the hospital and end in the church, and urged everyone who does not know Jesus Christ to go and find Him.” Mr. [Andrew] Cruz “closed by reading Psalm 143.”
In fact, there’s a Bible verse read at most meetings:
Franklin County (Indiana) Officials Will Open Courthouse Grounds to Anyone Who Wants to Put Up a Display
Last month, I wrote about a Nativity Scene in Brookville, Indiana that had been up for over 50 years, despite warning letters (over the course of several years) from the Freedom From Religion Foundation to take it down.
The main problem was that the display was owned by the Town of Brookville and sat on the grounds of the Franklin County Courthouse.
Last October, the plaintiffs in the Town of Greece v. Galloway Supreme Court case, Susan Galloway (who’s Jewish) and Linda Stephens (who’s an atheist), spoke at the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s convention. It was a few months after the Court’s bone-headed 5-4 decision to allow sectarian invocations at government meetings. Still, for their efforts, they were awarded with the title “Freethinkers of the Year”: