Popularly elected officials can’t always be relied upon to protect the religious freedom of all. Lehigh County, Pa., for instance, has a county seal and flag that prominently features a Christian cross.
Through the National Day of Prayer, the government prods and provokes and says that prayer is something you ought to do – maybe it’s even something that real Americans do, and if you choose not to, you’re somehow a lesser citizen.
Americans United and our allies urged a federal appeals court to affirm that nontheists should be allowed to give invocations at the public meetings of the Brevard County, Fla., Board of County Commissioners.
Having a chaplain puts the House of Representatives in the position to pick one religious leader over all others. Yet the House membership includes representatives who are Buddhist, Humanist, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Orthodox Christian, Catholic, numerous Protestant denominations and those with no religion at all.