FFRF Challenging Annual Mayoral Prayer Breakfast in Hattiesburg, Mississippi: Last week, Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to Johnny DuPree, the Mayor of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, telling him he cannot host his annual mayoral prayer breakfast, held in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, nor may he attend such an event in his official capacity. Mayor has already removed the site covering the event from his website. Alliance Defending Freedom has sent a letter to the Mayor outlining the constitutionality of the event and encouraging him to continue the prayer breakfast as planned.
Freedom From Religion Foundation Challenging “In God We Trust” On Our Currency: Freedom From Religion Foundation recently filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department, claiming that the inscription of the national motto, “In God We Trust,” on U.S. currency is unconstitutional. The group joined 19 other plaintiffs in seeking to have the words removed, alleging that the inclusion of the motto on currency forces atheists to proselytize for a religion with which they do not agree. Prior attempts to challenge “In God We Trust” on currency have failed. Michael Newdow, who is representing the plaintiffs in the current case, previously was unsuccessful in challenging “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Source: Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation, Inc.