Thursday, July 28, 2005

Freedom from Religion

Today's Omaha World Herald reports that Nebraska's State Senator Ernie Chambers has attracted national notice:
"A national organization fighting for separation of church and state will honor State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha.

The nonprofit Freedom from Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., describes its members as nonbelievers. It is involved in lawsuits across the country challenging President Bush's faith-based initiatives and other issues.

The group is honoring Chambers for his 1980s efforts to end the prayer given at the start of each legislative day by a paid chaplain. Chambers filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the official prayer."
The name of the organization, "Freedom from Religion Foundation," is surprisingly candid. Normally those who wish to suppress all religious expression claim to be acting to preserve religious freedom. It's almost refreshing to see the oxymoronic nature of their position right out in the open.

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