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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Freedom From Religion Foundation Lawsuit to Terminate Outstanding Troubled Youth Facility Because Of Faith-Based Element - Ideology Gone Amuck

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has written glowing reports on the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, a residential facility for troubled teens. Among the many strengths noted by CARF are:

  • Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Association is recognized as a well-respected behavioral health organisation in the state of North Dakota

  • The Organisation demonstrates a clear commitment to serving children and adolescents who are challenging to serve

The ranch is a joint ministry of Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It receives funding for the secular content of its program from the state of North Dakota. But when the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) caught wind of the state funding, they filed a lawsuit to completely shut-down all funding.

According to Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland Univerity, an organization which offers academic programs for both undergraduate and graduate students on constitutional government:

As FFRF president Annie Laurie Gaylor notes, public money, even if spent on publicly permissible services, frees up private funds for religious ends. If faith-based organizations want to serve the public, they should have to pay for the whole range of services themselves. Not only is this theory out of line with the requirements courts have typically placed on public contracting and cooperation with faith-based social service providers, but it would impose an incredible hardship on folks needing services in a sparsely populated state like North Dakota.

It would seen FFRF is not interested in the delivery of needed services to the population of North Dakota.

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