The group called Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc., is reportedly an “atheist” group that claims to focus on separation of church and state issues. But are they also concerned about separation of mosque and state issues?
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August 12, 2013 2:00 AM
Aug. 8 — To the Editor:
Exactly who is this group Freedom from Religion Foundation Inc. that has recently sent legal opinion to prohibit Lizarda Urena from making morning prayers in front of Concord High School? Lizarda is a Christian and the mother of two students attending Concord High School. How is it that a group of attorneys based in Wisconsin should have any say in our “Live free or die” state?
I visited their Web site and these self-appointed religious police even have a link to “report a violation.”
So I reported a violation to their “911” link. I recalled when I was a graduate student at the University of Houston that a large group of Muslims would make regular public prayers on the campus that even blocked sidewalks. No one in administration at the university said a word. I stated in my letter that this is a public institution that receives federal and state funding. The response I received from Freedom from Religion Foundation attorney Elizabeth Cavell was as expected and politically correct to say the Muslims had a right to “religious speech.” Excuse me. Muslims are not the only ones to have “religious speech” rights.
I thank former state representative David Bates for supporting Lizarda and recently stating, “The school simply has no legitimate reason to suppress her rights to express her faith on public property.”