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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-21-07 07:08 PM
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Rally at the US Supreme Court Wed. Feb 28th against Faith-Based Initiatives
Rally with us at the Supreme Court
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Dear Secular Coalition activist,

On Wed., Feb, 28, 2007 at 9:30 a.m, the Secular Coalition for America will participate in a rally challenging the constitutionality of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Please consider joining us on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. Your right to challenge the tax funding of religion may be curtailed!

The rally precedes oral arguments in Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). The Courts decision in this important case will not be on the merits of the complaint, but rather on the standing of FFRF (a Secular Coalition for America member organization) to seek judicial relief. The Bush administration contends that its Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives -- established not by Congress but by Executive Order -- is beyond the reach of the Courts.

The Secular Coalition for America is working with dozens of other organizations to call for oversight and accountability of faith-based grantmaking. Our position is that the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and its religious activities are a clear breach of the Establishment Clause principle of church-state separation.

We hope to see you at the Supreme Court next Wednesday. For more information about the rally and this critical case, please visit our Web site: http://www.secular.org/activism/faith_based_initiatives_070228.html

Best wishes,
Lori Lipman Brown, Director/Lobbyist
The Secular Coalition for America
http://secular.org

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Geezus Donating Member (93 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-24-07 04:22 PM
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1. Wish I could be there, but i live in the other Washington.
I was there this last summer, when the Supreme Court gave its ruling in one of the Guantanamo Bay cases.
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necklace Donating Member (67 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-25-07 12:20 AM
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2. My Problem with Secularism is...
that it discredits anyone who may have a philosophy of life that may be religiously aligned. Almost as if to say that you are a fool is you are a Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, etc.

My problem with this faith-based initiatives is that it tends to exclude any other faith that isn't theirs.

While most people deeply spiritual life without declaring it - including atheists and agnostics, it is only the minority that insist on imposing their beliefs on others.
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