TruNews – January 26, 2017
Atheist group in California now getting involved in decisions that would help a local church shelter the homeless in California. What’s next?
Placer County is considering donating 26 acres of land to Placer Rescue Mission to construct a “campus shelter” for the county’s homeless population, a concerned local resident informed FFRF. Well, the atheist organization admits that trying to help the homelessness is good, but argues that Placer Rescue Mission is a religious organization, and the shelter will include a chapel. According to The Freedom From Religion Foundation the county’s proposed grant to the mission would violate both the U.S. and California Constitutions.
“The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits the government from financially supporting churches,” FFRF Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne writes to the county’s legal counsel. “The California Constitution also explicitly prohibits the county from donating real estate to churches.”
According to a local NBC affiliate’s report, the facility, which is expected to be built in the next few years, will provide vocational training, addiction recovery, mental health services, medical, dental, vision and counseling. The first phase of the project will allow for 96 units of supportive housing, 71 bed emergency shelter and a 10,000 square-foot multi service center.