Dispatches from the Creation Wars

American Atheists has filed a lawsuit over that Kentucky law that requires that the state declare that we must rely on God to protect us against terrorists. AP reports:

A group of atheists filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to remove part of a state anti-terrorism law that requires Kentucky’s Office of Homeland Security to acknowledge it can’t keep the state safe without God’s help…

Of particular concern is a 2006 clause requiring the Office of Homeland Security to post a plaque that says the safety and security of the state “cannot be achieved apart from reliance upon almighty God” and to stress that fact through training and educational materials.


The article quotes the legal director for the group:

“It is one of the most egregiously and breathtakingly unconstitutional actions by a state legislature that I’ve ever seen,” said Edwin F. Kagin, national legal director of Parsippany, New Jersey-based American Atheists Inc. The group claims the law violates both the state and U.S. constitutions.

Coincidentally, I’m going to be meeting Kagin this weekend. We’re both speaking at the annual convention for Michigan Atheists. I’m going to be speaking on the religious right’s demonization of the ACLU.