Monday, June 11, 2007

Liberal Groups Drop Suit Against Faith-Based Ministry

From "Liberal Groups Drop Suit Against Faith-Based Ministry" posted 6/11/07 at

Firm Foundation, which provides employment and life skills as well as mentoring to prisoners, was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The liberal groups argued it was unconstitutional for Firm Foundation to receive federal grants.

The Center for Law & Religious Freedom and the Alliance Defense Fund provided legal assistance to the ministry.

Steven Aden, chief litigation counsel for the Center for Law & Religious Freedom, said Firm Foundation did nothing wrong.

"Faith-based community groups are not second-class charities that have to give up their religious identity to receive federal funds," he said in a statement.

Now that the lawsuit has been lifted, Firm Foundation can continue its voluntary skills training program.