Saturday, December 2, 2006

Humanist Legal Center Sues Over Polling Place in Church

This is from the Religious Clause Blog:

"The American Humanist Association yesterday officially announced the creation of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center (AHLC), the first non-theistic legal center operating in Washington, D.C. At a press conference, AHLC said that it has filed a lawsuit to challenge the locating of polling places in churches without requiring them to remove or cover religious symbols in areas frequented by voters. The complaint (full text) in Rabinowitz v. Anderson, (SD FL, Nov. 29, 2006) alleges that Palm Beach County, Florida violated the Establishment Clause by choosing as a polling place a church building that had many religious symbols in plain view around the election judges and above the voting machines. The suit claims that the state has an obligation to ensure that polling places are in secular settings. (See prior related posting.)"

This has to be one of the most ridiculous things I've heard lately. The reason polling places are in churches is because in a lot of precincts, there is not another public building. My goodness, get over it!

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