Se#tion I: Atta#$s on Religious E%&ression in the 'ubli# S(uare
Attac(s on the e)pression of religion in the public s*uare! of go'ernment and public property, land, and buildings are not recent. For many years, those opposed to crosses and monuments in public places ha'e attempted to use the courts to ha'e these displays declared unconstitutional, often under Establishment &lause grounds. ?owe'er, ealous atheist groups increasingly ha'e focused their hostility on pri'ate religious e)pression which is only 'ery tenuously connected to go'ernment. $hey ha'e continued to harass small towns and localities which merely maintain the traditions handed to them in'ol'ing years of public prayer, displays of religious history on public buildings, or crosses on 'eterans memorials. @ften, not (nowing any better and lac(ing proper counsel, localities capitulate to the demands of those hostile to any public e)pression of faith. ?owe'er, capitulation is not necessary, as attorneys and ad'ocates are ready to help. Following are documented incidents of hostility to religious e)pression in the public s*uare.
Girl )arred *ro+ Singing ,-u+baya. )e#ause It /as a ,Religious. Song 0 August 112 34445
Samantha Schul, an eight+year+old girl from -ort &harlotte, Florida, was barred from singing umbaya! at a "oys %irls &lub talent show because the song included the words @h, 4ord.! "ill Sadlo, the clubs Director of @perations, worried parents would complain if children went home and said they heard a religious song at the nonsectarian camp.! ?e said, GwHe dont want to ta(e the chance of a child offending another childs religion.! Randy "ouc(, the clubs local director, chimed in# /e 8ust cant allow any religious songs. . . . 7ou ha'e to chec( your religion at the door.! Samanthas parents were li'id at not being gi'en notice that their daughters song would be barred. ?er mother said, 0 learned that song in %irl Scouts, not in church. . . . 0ts a campfire song, for goodness sa(e.! Mr. Sadlo agreed the club should ha'e notified the girls parents earlier that the song would not be allowed, and apologied to the family.
Seniors )anned *ro+ Singing hrist+as arols in Their Ho+es 0 6e#e+ber 34475
Seniors li'ing in facilities owned by the ?ousing Resource De'elopment &orporation were told they could not sing &hristmas carols. Following an attorneys demand letter, the facility re'ersed its decision.
8oluntary A*ter9'rison Rehab enter losed )e#ause o* Its Faith9)ased Te#hni(ue 0 May 3445
$he "ristol &ounty, Massachusetts, sheriffs department funded a rehabilitation program to help recently released prisoners deal with drug addiction and reintegrate into society. Americans United for Separation of &hurch and State threatened legal action against the county for funding a faith+based organiation. $he sheriff ga'e in to the pressure and e)pelled the group from the facility.