Monday, September 04, 2006

Jacksonville Sued Over Day of Faith Program

While they did not succeed in getting a court to ban the event from taking place, the American Atheists is now suing to recover for the city and its schools the $101,000 Jacksonville, Florida spent for its recent Day of Faith anti-violence rally, and to prevent future events of the same kind. The ACLU has also requested records regarding the program. The Florida Times-Union and WAWS Fox30 both report on the developments. The city has had 103 homicides so far this year. Mayor John Peyton promoted A Day of Faith: Arming Our Prayer Warriors to help combat that homicide trend. Some complain that the rally was too religious in nature for the city to have sponsored. The mayor, however, says that all citizens were invited and that secular non-profit organizations were heavily involved in the program as well.