Lt. Gov.’s Prayer for Atheist Group Was Unconstitutional, Atheist Group Says
The lieutenant governor of Alabama is in trouble with an atheist group after urging his social media followers to pray for it.
Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth posted on Facebook and Twitter Oct. 2 a faith-themed message about Blount County (Ala.) Sheriff Mark Moon, who was being criticized by the Freedom From Religion Foundation for promoting and hosting a prayer vigil.
Ainsworth linked to a story about Moon and wrote, “An anti-religion group is trying to make Blount County’s sheriff abandon a prayer vigil. Don’t they know Alabama’s motto is ‘We Dare Defend Our Rights’?”
Ainsworth then added, “Join me in praying for the sheriff and asking God to touch the hearts of the misguided FFRF lawyers.”
An anti-religion group is trying to make Blount County’s sheriff abandon a prayer vigil. Don’t they know Alabama’s motto is “We Dare Defend Our Rights”? Join me in praying for the sheriff and asking God to touch the hearts of the misguided FFRF lawyers.https://t.co/BHRoIwsQhG
— Will Ainsworth (@willainsworthAL) October 2, 2019
Now, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is targeting Ainsworth for asking his followers to pray for Moon and the FFRF.
The organization sent a letter to Ainsworth, asserting his comment was unconstitutional.
“As lieutenant governor, you represent a diverse population that consists of not only Christians, but also minority religious and nonreligious citizens,” FFRF attorney Chris Line wrote. “Religious endorsements made in your official capacity
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