Important legal successes supporting separation of church and state

5/16/14
 
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from Freedom From Religion Foundation,
5/16/14:

Important legal successes include:

• Winning the first federal lawsuit challenging direct funding by the government of a faith-based agency
• Overturning a state Good Friday holiday, Good Friday plaintiffs included Foundation staff and state employees.
• Winning a lawsuit barring direct taxpayer subsidy of religious schools
• Removing Ten Commandments monuments and crosses from public land
• Halting the Post Office from issuing religious cancellations
• Ending 51 years of illegal bible instruction in public schools
• Winning the first court order to a U.S. Cabinent revoking federal funds to a pervasively sectarian agency
• Halting federal funds to a bible school offering no academic classes
• Ending “parish nursing” faith/health entanglements at two state universities
• Halting a government chaplaincy to minister to state workers

Foundation complaints have:

• Halted prayer at public schools, institutions, and public financing of nativity pageants and Easter services
• Stopped direct subsidy to religious schools
• Stopped Job Corps trainees from being assigned to work on a Catholic shrine
• Ended a 122-year abuse of commencement prayers at a Top Ten University
• Declared unconstitutional the creation of a state post to “assist clergy”

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