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Atheists Convince Town to Cancel Trip to Ark Encounter

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Ken Ham's Arkby Heather Clark, Christian News Network

A prominent professing atheist organization has convinced the parks and recreation department of a Virginia town to cancel an upcoming field trip to Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in Kentucky by asserting that the trip is an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.

The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to the director of the Christianburg Parks and Recreation Department after “concerned residents” contacted the organization about the trip, planned for April 3.

It contended that since the trip was organized by the city, it violated the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which reads, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” FFRF also stated that the trip wrongfully excluded residents in Christianburg who are not Christian.

“While organizing and encouraging citizens to attend family-friendly recreation is a laudable goal, advertising and organizing a trip to a Christian ministry constitutes government endorsement of religion and alienates those Christianburg residents who are not Christian and who are non-religious,” attorney Andrew Seidel asserted.

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