When President Reagan introduced his school prayer amendment in 1982, it was accompanied by a fact sheet that said, '[S]tates and communities would be free to select prayers of their own choosing. They could choose prayers that have already been written, or they could compose their own prayers. If groups of people are to be permitted to pray, someone must have the power to determine the content of such prayers.'
In effect, the Alabama prison’s policy is that a Christian inmate has the right to receive spiritual solace from a member of his faith – but members of other faith traditions or those who seek secular counselors can be denied that same right.
Word is starting spread about Project Blitz, but we need to reach more Americans, make them aware of this new threat and arm them with the material they need to stop it. With that thought in mind, Americans United has created a special page on its website dedicated to collecting information about Project Blitz.
During the National Prayer Breakfast, Trump touted his administration’s move last month to sanction taxpayer-funded discrimination by allowing South Carolina foster care agencies to reject prospective parents or volunteers they deem to be the “wrong” religion.
One thing we’re sure to hear tomorrow during the National Prayer Breakfast are a bunch of “God and country” platitudes, with the overwhelming impression being that you aren’t a good, upstanding American if you don’t believe certain things about God. It’s offensive because our Constitution specifically guarantees us the right to believe, or not, as we see fit.
Claims that God put someone in office are scary. From the Christian emperors of the late Roman Empire and the “divine right” kings of the Middle Ages up to the theocrats of today, leaders who assert they’re God’s choice are usually just trying to squelch criticism.
Americans United has been saying all along that while these classes can be objective in theory, in practice they are often not – and that many of the legislators pushing them don’t really want objective instruction about the Bible; they want Sunday School lessons that reflect biblical literalism.
Americans United warned government officials years ago to keep Kim Davis at arm’s length. Far from being a hero, she’s just a plain old lawbreaker, an extremist who decided that her religion gave her the right to use a taxpayer-funded position to deny others rights that were affirmed by the highest court in the land.