Profile on the FFRF
The New York Times has a profile on the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the atheist group that tackles all sorts of thorny issues related to Church / State separation in the US. This is beyond the standard front lines of atheism … this is big ball stuff that takes on the American government at all levels. If you’re reading about some religious day or custom ‘under attack’ from atheists, there’s a good chance these guys are responsible. Here’s some of their accomplishments:
Over the years, the group has won a suit to stop Bible instruction in a Tennessee school district, overturned a Madison law ordering businesses to close for hours on Good Friday and stopped a Colorado public school from requiring students to do volunteer work at churches.
The group’s biggest victory to date came last week when Judge Barbara B. Crabb of Federal District Court ruled that the federal government could not enact a law in support of prayer any more than it could “encourage citizens to fast during the month of Ramadan, attend a synagogue, purify themselves in a sweat lodge or practice rune magic.” The law, signed by President Harry S. Truman in 1952, calls on the president to sign a proclamation annually in observance of a National Day of Prayer.
Of course, this is being called an attack on the ‘religious heritage’ of America. Funny how that line always seems to come up in relation to stupid laws and changes enacted in the 50s that never should have been made in the first place. Nothing pisses me off more than this ‘Christian nation’ bullshit and the attempt to claim the founding fathers were actually all about God getting up in America’s butt. For such a patriotic nation, a lot of Americans sure need some remedial history lessons.
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