Atheists Sue After Bishop “Blesses” Animal Shelter
Published : December 12, 2017
Throughout the summer and into the fall, atheist groups and lone criers have blasphemed any connection they find of religion within the state-supported buildings and grounds. In June, national attention turned to Arkansas when a man rammed his vehicle into a monument which featured the Ten Commandments. The monument was placed on Capitol grounds in Little Rock just 24 hours prior to its destruction. The approval for its installation was given in 2015 through the Ten Commandments Monument Display Act.
And do not forget September when a bench that memorialized a student who passed away was ordered to be removed from near the school baseball field because it contained Bible verse Philippians 4:13. The idea for the bench was that of the community, and there had been zero complaints. But it is on school property and must be removed.
Now that the Christian holiday is fast approaching, the atheists of America are turning up their cries of offense to include the animals. American Atheists Inc., a Cranford, New Jersey-based group, is attacking the Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center for its second annual Blessing of the Animals. In a federal civil lawsuit filed in November, claims are made that the Franciscan bishop’s blessing at the shelter’s annual October 4 event violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The group seeks an injunction against the county’s participation and legal fees. The suit is brought against the county, the shelter, Deborah Yankow, as an individual and in official capacity as director of the shelter, and unnamed employees.
What exactly are the atheists so afraid of? This:
Candice Yaacobi, a pet owner and member of American Atheists, jointly filed the suit with American Atheists. She was informed of the event on the shelter’s Facebook page and went to BCAS specifically during the 1.5-hour event in search of a Chihuahua.
“As a humanist atheist, being forced into an encounter with a member of clergy in order to avail herself of government services sent Candice the message that the BCAS and Bergen County regarded her as inferior to those citizens who happened to adhere to the favored religious view,” the complaint states.
Part of the claim also asserts that it was divisive of the shelter by “demand[ing] that anyone entering the BCAS either interact with, or conspicuously refrain from interacting with, a member of the clergy [and it] divided those employed by the BCAS or visiting its facility or Facebook page into two classes based on the religious beliefs of the individuals.”
Basically the idea that a human being, upon entering the shelter, would “feel” forced to say hello to a member of the clergy who is present at the facility is just enough to put an atheist over the edge, likely plunging her into the depths of hell.
“Not only were the shelter’s actions unconstitutional, they were completely unnecessary,” said Geoffrey T. Blackwell, attorney for American Atheists Inc. “I thought it was well-settled that all dogs already go to heaven.”
Whoops. The American Atheists may want to get a new lawyer because theirs just confessed that there is a heaven.
Also, if the American Atheists name sounds familiar, it is because this is the same group that sponsors the anti-Christmas billboards across the nation.