Secularists applauded the 2007 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upholding a lower court decision that voided a contract between the Iowa Department of Corrections and Prison Fellowship Ministries to operate a sectarian program (Americans United for Separation of Church and State, et al., v. Prison Fellowship Ministries, Inc., et al., 509 F.3d 406 (8th Cir. 2007)). The courts found that the use of taxpayer money to fund Prison Fellowship Ministries’ Evangelical Christian programs violated the establishment clause of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution (as well as the Iowa Constitution). Brought by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the lawsuit resulted in a decision that was heralded as an exemplar of legal reasoning for the proposition of separation of church and state. And properly so. We secularists have, by and large, met with substantial success limiting the use of public funds to proselytize sectarian doctrine.

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Being in prison, it seems to be easier to find religion in order to shift the blame from oneself and make it look like you're being "reformed".

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