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Atheists Sue Pennsylvania Lawmakers Over “Year of Bible” Proclamation

March 30, 2012

[The New American – thenewamerican.com] By Dave Bohon

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has found its latest target. The national atheist club has filed a federal lawsuit against a Pennsylvania legislator for a resolution, passed earlier this year in the state House of Representatives, that declares 2012 as the “Year of the Bible” in the state. The suit, which argues that the proclamation violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, names the author of the resolution, State Representative Rick Saccone (left), as a defendant, along with the state House’s Parliamentarian, Clancy Myer, and the Chief Clerk of the House, Anthony Frank Barbush.

The suit complains that FFRF’s Pennsylvania members “have had direct and unwanted exposure to the Year of the Bible Resolution and the hostile environment created thereby as a result of the official declaration of a state religion by the Pennsylvania Legislature.” The members, the suit laments, “are made to feel as if they are political outsiders” by the religion-endorsing speech included in H.R.535.  Read story»

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