An employee of the Phoenix V.A. Health Care System was including four proselytizing quotations from the Bible in her official e-mail messages. AU wrote to her supervisor and explained that the inclusion of religious messages in official government communications violates the separation of church and state. We received no official response, but our complainant informed us that the religious quotations have been removed.
AU received a complaint that an employee of the Georgia Department of Transportation was including in all of his official e-mails an image of a cross and a lengthy proselytizing message. We wrote to the Georgia Department of Transporation and explained that the inclusion of religious messages in official government e-mail raised serious constitutional concerns. An attorney for the Department responded and informed us that it had instructed the employee to remove the messages from his official e-mails and that he had complied.
AU received a complaint that an employee of the Anderson County Clerk’s Office hung two religious poems in her work area. The poems were positioned so that any client transacting business was certain to see them. We wrote a letter to the County Clerk, explaining that religious displays in a government office posed serious constitutional concerns, and asking that the poems be removed. Shortly thereafter, the religious displays were taken down.
An employee of the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office’s human resources department was including a religious message in the signature line of all the official e-mails that she sent during the course of her work. The message read: “The evidence of God’s presence far outweighs the proof of his absence.” AU wrote to USDA Rural Development and objected to the use of official e-mail to communicate a proselytizing message.