Saturday, May 6, 2017

Atheists File Lawsuit on New Rel. Liberty Order; Claim It Favors Rel. Groups over Secular Groups

An atheist organization has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and the Internal Revenue Service over the president's new "religious liberty" executive order, arguing that it's unconstitutional government support of religious organizations, the Huffington Post website reports today (May 6, 2017).

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) -- headquartered in Wisconsin -- filed the lawsuit on May 4 in U.S. District Court, the Western District of Wisconsin.

The FFRF action maintains that the president's order would selectively benefit churches and religious organizations by allowing them to endorse political candidates without risking their tax-exempt status.

The lawsuit contends Trump's order violates its equal protection and free speech rights under the Constitution, and favors church groups over secular groups, which is a violation of the First Amendment.

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