Skip to comments.Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch sued by Atheists and Agnostics
Posted on 09/20/2007 8:25:00 PM PDT by LinnKeyes2000
North Dakota Is Sued in Church-State Case
By NEELA BANERJEE
Published: June 21, 2007
A group that advocates strict separation of church and
state has sued North Dakota to bar public financing of an association that provides therapeutic and
rehabilitative services for troubled youth by steeping them in Christian teachings, Bible readings,
religious services and rituals.
The complaint was brought Tuesday in a federal court in North Dakota by the Freedom From Religion Foundation,
acting on behalf of three of the states taxpayers. It is the most recent in a spate of legal challenges to public financing of religion-based programs.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
This Christian organization is being sued and ND state is being sued by
a group of atheists to prevent kids from being placed at the camp and
Here is a summary of a DBGR support request letter:
"I never expected to be sued over saying mealtime prayers."
1. The suit also names DBGR (NYT article doesn't mention this)
2. DBGR is recommended by many public agencies.
3. The Spiritual Life Program is voluntary and privately funded
4. Children of other faiths are free to practice their religion off campus.
5. DBGR has already incurred $42,500 in legal fees and the staff
has donated 350 extra hours to help fight the legal battle.
Show me the money
If I understand this correctly, the DBGR is privately funded, but the suit alleges that some governmental agencies are involuntarily sending juvenile wards of the state to the ranch (and paying their tuition with public funds).
I think they're walking a very thin line here.
No problem whatsoever as long as the Islamist Boys and Girls are able to properly wash their feet in Muzzie foot baths at the airport when they fly in.
The DBGR has been a successful program for a long time (and yes, I have sent them donations--and will make sure they move to the top of my list to help them fight this).
I'd wager that that success has them squarely in the sights of secularists whose often failed programs look bad in comparison.
So is the state now to push atheism? The result is worse than what some thought to be a problem.
Can’t have it both ways atheists,agnostics and leftists....when taxpayer $$ from millions of christians helps subsidize planned parenthood and the abortions they promote the argument about Dakota Ranch rings hollow.
Atheists can kick God out of their world but have NO right to kick Him out of those who believe in Him.
So this means the ACLU has given up picking on the Boy Scouts?
It would seem to me that the inability of the government to pass a law regarding religion would also mean it couldn’t pass a law stating that an organization can’t receive help just because it is religious. It goes both ways.
The complaint says that children are disciplined for refusing to participate in the spiritual aspects of their therapy and that objectionable behavior is deemed a corruption in the eyes of Jesus Christ.
If that's true then they are in trouble. You can't force kids to participate in religious practices like that. If it's not true, which the camp organizers claim is the case, then they're probably okay.
It spawned many others, including the one in Mertzon, Tx, not far from Ben Ficklin, TX.
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