J. Pepper Bryars: Three reasons why Alabama should stand up to the Freedom from Religion Foundation

Mar 25, 2019

An atheist group from Wisconsin has implicitly or directly threatened to sue more than 40 Alabama school systems, local governments, and elected officials during recent years over what they claim are violations of the constitution’s ban on the establishment of religion. The organization, called the Freedom from Religion Foundation, is often successful. Many give in […]

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