The Christian Right group American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is pissed off that officials from Henrico County, Virginia voted to stop reciting invocation prayers before their meetings.
They know why the FFRF went after the officials, too: Because
they were violating the principle of church/state separation of the economy.
In today’s lagging economy, FFRF knows that these local cities and towns across America don’t have the funds to defend lengthy and costly litigation, and a strongly worded demand letter, no matter how erroneous, can often cause a small municipal body to cave.
That’s how you know the ACLJ has no case. They just make up the first reason that comes to their head, no matter how dumb it is.
FFRF sent a letter of complaint to Henrico County officials because the invocation in question specifically referred to the Christian God (“In Christ’s name we pray”). It’s possible the officials could have gotten away with it if they stuck to generic references to “God,” but even they knew their meeting time couldn’t be used to praise Jesus, Allah, Thor, or whatever other god you worship. So instead of fighting a losing battle, the Board of Supervisors voted to stop the invocations outright before any trouble started.
They made the right decision, and it took nothing away from any of the religious people in the community.
All FFRF was asking for was government neutrality, not special privilege.