----- Forwarded Message ----- From: Americans United for Separation of Church and State <[address removed]> To: Norma <[address removed]> Sent: Saturday, October 26,[masked]:49 AM Subject: You may be surprised by these numbers
Can you imagine how much work has gone into AU's preparation to argue Greece v. Galloway before the US Supreme Court next month?
On November 6, Americans United will argue a case before the US Supreme Court.
Town of Greece v. Galloway is about the right of citizens to participate in local government without being required to participate in sectarian prayers. It raises fundamental constitutional questions about the limits of government-sponsored prayers - the first legislative prayer case before the Supreme Court in 30 years!The road to the Supreme Court has been long. It began as much of our legal work does, with a violation report more than 6 years ago from an ordinary American named Susan Galloway, who lives in the upstate New York town of Greece. Susan contacted Americans United because “government should be
inclusive. There are people who don’t believe, and they’re part of this country, too. We all have a right to be part of it and not feel excluded.”AU launched a lawsuit on behalf of Susan Galloway and Linda Stephens when the Greece Town Board refused to hear their complaints or change its ways. A US District Court ruled on behalf of the town, so AU appealed. The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals then ruled in our favor, but the Religious Right legal group Alliance Defending Freedom took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the town.Americans United's Legal Department has devoted thousands of hours to this lawsuit. Check out these other figures related to Greece v. Galloway:
Number of prayers delivered at Greece town meetings during the period covered by the lawsuit (1999 - 2010): 127
Number of those prayers delivered by non-Christians: 4
Hours of town meeting video footage reviewed by the AU legal team: 130
Hours AU spent compiling video segments of prayers for the case: 1,000
Hours it took to depose witnesses for the case: 22
Number of pages of briefs and supporting documents filed in Greece: over 1,300
In the meantime...
While the Greece case has been progressing through the court system, Americans United's Legal team has been hard at work on a number of other matters as well; consider the following:
Number of warning letters AU has sent to other violators since the original Greece case was filed: 500
Number of other lawsuits AU has filed since initiating theGreece case: 15
Number of friend-of-the-court briefs written by Americans United for other cases while litigating Greece: 58
You can step up and be counted by supporting these extraordinary efforts. Please make a generous donation to Americans United today!
Atheism is a vigorous and a courageous philosophy.
It is not afraid to face the problems of life, and it is not afraid to confess that there are problems yet to be solved.
It does not claim that it has solved all the questions of the universe, but it does claim that it has discovered the approach and learned the method of solving them.
It has dedicated itself to the passionate quest for the truth.
It believes that truth for truth’s sake is the highest ideal and that virtue is its own reward.
It believes that love of humanity is a higher ideal than a love of God. We cannot help God, but we can help mankind. “Hands that help are better far than lips that play.” Praying to God is humiliating; worshiping God degrading.
It believes in Ingersoll, when he said: “Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action rather than the dead calm of ignorance and faith. Banish me from Eden when you will, but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge.”
Atheism is a self-reliant philosophy.
It makes a man intellectual free. He is thrilled to enthusiasm by his mental emancipation and he faces the universe without fear of ghosts or gods.
It teaches man that unless he devotes his energies and applies himself whole-heartedly to the task he wishes to achieve, the accomplishment will not be made.
Is it not better to place a question mark upon a problem while seeking an answer than to put the label “God” there and consider the matter solved?
Joseph Lewis Author, ‘Atheism and Other Addresses’ 1941