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“We need go no further today than to say this: In selecting invocation speakers, the commissioners may not categorically exclude from consideration speakers from a religion simply because they do not like the nature of its beliefs.“The commissioners have favored some religions over others, and barred those they did not approve of from being considered,” adds Marcus.
Circuit Court of Appeals on July 8 unanimously ruled that the Brevard County, Fla., commissioners’ policy of using religious beliefs to determine who can offer invocations at public meetings is unconstitutional, discriminatory and a violation of religious freedom. Brevard County, which was brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Florida on behalf of several nontheists whom commissioners have barred from offering invocations.“The discriminatory procedure for selecting invocation speakers followed in Brevard County is unconstitutional and it must be rejected,” writes Judge Stanley Marcus in the opinion.
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The court’s decision today made clear that no one should be excluded from civic affairs because of their beliefs about God.”Daniel Mach, director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief, says: “There should never be a religious litmus test for participation in local government meetings.
The Brevard County Commissioners have been playing favorites with faith, and we’re pleased that, once again, the courts have told them that enough is enough.”The plaintiffs in the case include the FFRF chapter Central Florida Freethought Community and its director, David Williamson; the Space Coast Freethought Association and its president, Chase Hansel; the Humanist Community of the Space Coast and its president, Keith Becher; Brevard County resident Ronald Gordon and Jeffery Koeberl.
The lawsuit is being litigated for FFRF by Legal Director Rebecca S.
Markert and Director of Strategic Response Andrew L.