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Freedom From Religion Again

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been busy lately. There’s a suit against the U.S. Department of Education over funding Alaska Christian College, about which you can read here, here, here, here, and here.

At issue is about $1 million in federal funds earmarked by the Alaska congressional delegation for the college, which itself offers almost exclusively religious courses. But in addition to the coursework, along with secular coursework at a neighboring public community college, the college serves as a "bridge" to higher education, providing counseling and career advice to a largely Alaska native student body. Douglas Laycock thinks the FFRF might prevail on the merits; Richard W. Garnett thinks that it’s plausible that the "bridge" serves a secular purpose. The judge hearing the case is John Shabaz, a Reagan appointee who presided over a split decision in another FFRF suit about which I wrote here.

But, as they say, there’s more. The FFRF has also written to warn municipalities in Wisconsin that they can’t shut down on Good Friday, pursuant to a decision handed down by Judge Shabaz in another FFRF suit some nine years ago.

Hat tip: Religion Clause, a blog written by Professor Howard M. Friedman of the University of Toledo Law School.

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