Jackson, NJ

AU received several complaints that the Jackson Mills Fire Company was using firefighters and a fire truck to transport a statue of “Our Lady of America, the Immaculate Virgin” (an Americanized version of the Virgin Mary) from church to church as part of a national tour of cathedrals that was set to culminate in the statue being installed permanently at the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. AU sent a letter to the fire company, explaining that its conduct impermissibly endorsed religion. After receiving AU’s letter, the fire chief and the fire company’s attorney both said that the fire company would not transport the statue again.