American Atheists File Lawsuit over Blessing of the Animals
The complaint in American Atheists, Inc. v. Bergen County, objects to the use of public resources and employee time to promote and host a ritual that is performed by Franciscan clergy annually in honor of St. Francis of Assissi.
A member of the American Atheists — who knew about the blessing ceremony in advance — happened to show up in person (to adopt a pet, of course) just as the ceremony was occurring. Just in time to very conveniently be offended.
While a county pet shelter may not seem relevant to the US military, the contrived case very much is. After all, the US Navy “blesses the fleet” annually, certainly at a higher use of “public resources” than the shelter.
US military chaplains have also done similar “blessings of the animals” as well (it’s a religious tradition, regardless of where the religion takes place).
Think American Atheists will come after religious exercise in the US military?