American Atheists: PA Violates the 1st Amendment

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which unites atheists and agnostics of America, is suing Pennsylvania lawmakers for passing a resolution declaring 2012 as “The Year of the Bible.”

The filed federal lawsuit claims that this declaration is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, […]”.

The FFRF argues that the resolution is an endorsement of “state-sponsored religion” and that the Bible contains “violent, sexist and racist models of behavior that FFRF members find personally repugnant. … [This content] potentially could encourage persons who rely on [it] to act in a manner harmful to them and others.”

The lawsuit says the resolution “sends a message to the citizens of Pennsylvania, including (the foundation’s) members, that Christian beliefs are more legitimate in the eyes of the state than other systems of belief and thought, which constitute matters of individual free conscience.”

The resolution was passed unanimously in January.

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