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Friday, April 08, 2005

Prison Training Program Attacked by the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Firm Foundation of Pennsylvania, a nonprofit Christian community development ministry, is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) for the "religious character" of their inmate vocational training program. The program receives government funding, which the ACLU and AU claim violates the First Amendment Establishment Clause. Also, because Firm Foundation requires that their employees be Christians (otherwise knows as "discrimination"), this also violates the Establishment Clause.

Tim Tracey, defense counsel from the Christian Legal Society, the organization defending Firm Foundation, will argue that the prison ministry is constitutional.

Lawyer Views Suit Against Prison Ministry as Attack on Faith-Based Initiatives

Firm Foundation of Pennsylvania

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