Group: Prison system ‘appears to be showing impermissible favoritism to one religion’
An atheist group claimed that a hand-carved gift made by Philadelphia prisoners for Pope Francis violated the First Amendment in a recent letter.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to Louis Giorla,Philadelphia’s commissioner of prisons, outlining concerns over prisoners being used to carve, refinish, and upholster the chair for Pope Francis ahead of his visit on Sept. 27. The pope is scheduled to meet with approximately 100 inmates at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.
“[The prison system] appears to be showing impermissible favoritism to one religion over all others, and religion over non-religion, by inviting Catholic religious leaders to its facilities and then bestowing gifts on them,” Annie Laurie Gaylor, the foundation’s co-president, wrote in the letter. Gaylor noted that prisoners also made a special chair earlier this year for Charles Chaput, the Archbishop of Philadelphia.
The foundation cited the First Amendment, which, it said, “mandates governmental neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and non-religion.”
The atheist totalitarians are busy at work attacking Christians in every crevice of American life.
The First Amendment of course does not mandate government neutrality between religion and non-religion--it nowhere proclaims neutrality, and the only constraint in religion is the Establishment clause that prohibits Congressional enactment of a federal church. A few Christian prisoners building a chair as a gift for Pope Francis does not establish a national church. And atheists can't put them in prison for it--they're already there.
In fact, the First Amendment explicitly favors religion over non-religion by guaranteeing Free Exercise of Religion (it says nothing about non-religion).
Atheism is a disease on the American body politic.