Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nations largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics, and skeptics) with over [wait for it] 16,400 members, continues an unrelenting legal assault on our nations Judeo-Christian heritage. Although it is easy to laugh at an organization so obsessed with Christianity that the group spends more time belittling other peoples faith rather than articulating their own lack of belief, we take lawsuits seriously. Occasionally, the foundation does find an out of the mainstream judge that agrees with their legal position. Fortunately, these decisions are quickly reversed on appeal.
A couple of weeks ago, Freedom from Religion Foundation lost a challenge to the National Day of Prayer, the ecumenical presidential proclamation issued the first Thursday of May. After an initial victory, a unanimous three-judge panel at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals tossed the foundations challenge out for lack of standing. To bring a legal challenge in court, there must be injury. As the opinion correctly noted, Hurt feelings differ from legal injury. While there will be an appeal to the Supreme Court, I am confident that the National Day of Prayer will be successfully defended so long as we remain vigilant. (The ACLJ, for whom I work, represented members of Congress in the case). FFRF files a lot of lawsuits and as ridiculous as they may sound, it is important to take them seriously so they are swiftly defeated in court.
The freethinkers have also set their sights on under God in the Pledge of Allegiance. After losing at the First Circuit Court of Appeals, FFRF is taking their battle against generic acknowledgements of a higher powers role in the United States to the Supreme Court. . . .
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