We found this in the Herald-News of Joliet, Illinois. Their headline is Nonprofit accuses Frankfort Township of sponsoring ‘unconstitutional religious events’, and they don’t seem to have a comments feature. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
A nonprofit organization accused Frankfort Township of sponsoring two unconstitutional religious trips which the township said had already been canceled. The Freedom from Religion Foundation said it is a national nonprofit organization that advocates against the “entanglement of religion and government” and “government endorsement or promotion of religion.” It said it has more than 31,000 members nationwide and more than 900 in Illinois.
There are two places named Frankfort Township in Illinois. One is in Franklin County and the other is in Will County. The newspaper is in Joliet, part of which is in Will County, so we assume that’s what they’re talking about. Then they say:
In a letter to Frankfort Township Supervisor Jim Moustis, an attorney from the FFRF [the Freedom from Religion Foundation] explained that a concerned local resident contacted them about the township sponsoring religion-themed trips. It specifically listed trips to the Ark Encounter [Gasp!] and Creation Museum [Egad!] in Williamstown, Kentucky, and a trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to see a performance of the play “Jesus” by a Christian theater group. The letter included a flyer titled, “The Frankfort Township Board Presents Ark Encounter & Creation Museum.”
The Freedom from Religion Foundation has acted to prevent several similar events — see, e.g.: City Trip to Hambo’s Museum & Ark Is Cancelled! It’s as if they have a personal grudge against Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. Hambo is famed not only for the infamous, mind-boggling Creation Museum, but also for building an exact replica of Noah’s Ark known as Ark Encounter.
The newspaper tells us:
[Township Supervisor] Moustis said the trips the letter refers to were canceled before the FFRF sent the letters. [Really? ] Although he questioned the FFRF’s motives, calling it an “anti-religion, anti-God group,” [Gasp!] he said the township would be diligent to make sure it doesn’t cross the line when it comes to separating church and state. Moustis added that no township money went toward funding the trips.
Then the problem was solved — somehow — even before the FFRF got involved. But maybe not. The end of the news story informs us:
As of midday Tuesday, the township’s website still features a document titled, “Senior Upcoming Events” for May through August, which lists both the Noah’s Ark Encounter and Creation Museum tour from April and a trip to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in June. [How is that possible?] Moustis said he would instruct the township’s event coordinator to remove the document from the website.
We imagine ol’ Hambo is in a fit of righteous rage, rolling around on the floor, foaming at the mouth and chewing the carpet. Why do these things keep happening to him?
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