Wednesday, December 06, 2006                                                                                       View Comments

Supreme Court to decide if atheist groups can sue Bush

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether Madison’s Freedom from Religion Foundation can sue the White House, for using tax money on faith-based programs.

Annie Laurie Gaylor, representative from the foundation, says the suit challenges the existence of President Bush's Office of Faith-Based Initiatives.

She says it's not right for the group to hold taxpayer-funded conferences, where churches can learn how to get money from the government.

Religion is supposed to be kept out of the service programs themselves.

Gaylor says the conferences are more like prayer sessions and it all adds up to an unconstitutional preference for religion by the folks at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The Supreme Court will not consider the merits of the case, only whether folks like Gaylor can sue.

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(Gaylor is married to Dan Barker, the ex-Christian author of Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist