Below are two articles of possible interest to you. After reading these articles, I have to wonder, Don’t these people have anything better to do than clog the courts with such frivolous lawsuits? This is a waste of time, waste of resources, and downright harassment. Could the suggestion “get a life” be applied to these people?
Two atheist families in Denver, Colo., with children in the Cherry Creek Schools, are suing the school district over a character-development program which has been in the schools since the 1990s. The program’s material references, “My family participates in a religious or spiritual community” as one of 40 “Developmental Assets” to help young people become responsible and healthy adults. Schools spokeswoman Tustin Amole said, “the district is confident the project is not illegal because it does not mandate participation in religious activity.”
Quoted from Pastor’s Weekly Briefing, October 26, 2007. © 2007, Focus on the Family
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Flag-Folding Narration Banned from Veterans’ Funerals
Families’ First Amendment rights stripped following one complaint.
Flag-folding recitations by Memorial Honor Detail volunteers are now banned at the nation’s 125 veterans’ cemeteries because of one complaint at California’s Riverside National Cemetery, The Associated Press reported.
“One disgruntled narcissist has caused a complete ban affecting 300 million Americans,” Rees Lloyd with the Defense of Veterans Memorials Project told Family News in Focus. “We think it’s an outrage, and we intend to fight it.”
During thousands of military burials, the volunteers have folded the American flag 13 times and recited the significance of every fold.
The first fold represents life, the second a belief in eternal life, and so on.
The complaint revolved around the narration in the 11th fold, which celebrates Jewish war veterans and “glorifies the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.”
The National Cemetery Administration then decided to ban the entire recital at all national cemeteries. Details of the complaint weren’t disclosed.
Administration spokesman Mike Nacincik said the policy, outlined in a Sept. 27 memorandum, is aimed at creating uniform services throughout the military graveyard system.
Romey Kilgore, founder of United We Serve, called it a slap in the face to the military.
“Our American veterans, they’ve fought and died for our beliefs and our right to express them,” she said. “We owe them nothing less than that.”
The policy change is on shaky legal ground, according to Doug Napier with the Alliance Defense Fund.
“Veterans and their families have First Amendment rights just like everyone else,” he said. “They shouldn’t be curtailed because one person complains.”
Quoted from Citizenlink™, Oct. 29, 2007. © 2007 Focus on the Family Action, Inc.
Update on the flag folding issue:
A nationwide uproar has caused the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to “clarify” its position – and allow the mention of God back into the flag-folding ceremony at military funerals.
A VA official had pulled the recitation from ceremonies at national cemeteries last month after a single complaint was filed with the White House over the phrase accompanying the 11th fold that mentions “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,” Fox News reported.
Quoted from Citizenlink™, Oct. 31, 2007. © 2007 Focus on the Family Action, Inc.