Americans United for the Separation of Church and State reports that A Federal Appeals Court ruled today that an Iowa Evangelical Prison Program funded by tax payers violates the First Amendment of the Constitution.
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn, Americans United executive director, hailed the ruling.
“This is an extremely important decision,” said Lynn. “Government officials have no business paying for religious indoctrination and awarding special treatment and benefits to those willing to embrace one religious perspective.
“Government should not single out a particular religion for special treatment,” Lynn continued. “You simply cannot give government funds to a religious group for its evangelism program.”
Lynn was also quoted in the Des Moines Register as stating:
The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United, praised the decision, saying it “very clearly limits government promotion of religion in public institutions, including prisons.”
Lynn added that the decision casts a “very long, very deep shadow over the constitutionality of faith-based state programs elsewhere, and the president’s federal faith-based initiative.”
This is a great win for those who believe in the Separation of Church in State that this country’s founders believed in.