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FOUNDATION FOR MORAL LAW REBUKES FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION’S ATTEMPT TO THREATEN ALABAMA SHERIFF
MONTGOMERY, AL: The Foundation for Moral Law (“the Foundation”), a nonprofit law firm dedicated to defending religious freedom, responded to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s demands that Covington County Sheriff Blake Turman cease talking about God on his Facebook page. The Foundation believes that the FFRF’s claims are meritless.
On June 20, 2019, the FFRF sent Covington County Sheriff Blake Turman a demand letter, claiming that some of his Facebook posts, which talked about God, violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. Because Sheriff Turman was posting on a page titled, “Covington County Sheriffs Office,” the FFRF claimed that Sheriff Turman was impermissibly endorsing religion. But noting that the Supreme Court upheld the public display of a cross in a 7-2 decision on the same day the FFRF sent its letter, the Foundation believes the FFRF’s threats are meritless.
Foundation attorney Matt Clark said, “In American Legion, five Justices on the Supreme Court (the four-justice plurality plus Justice Thomas) seemed to agree that the FFRF’s approach no longer applies in cases involving monuments, ceremonies, and similar means where God is publicly acknowledged in a noncoercive way. The Court appears to be more focused on history and tradition now than whether the government appears to be endorsing a religion.”
Foundation President Kayla Moore said, “Our Declaration of Independence acknowledges God as the source of our liberties. The Freedom From Religion Foundation needs to stop threatening Alabamians who want to exercise their unalienable right to honor God in the same way that the Founders did.”