February 7, 2009
Faith not a condition for one’s bravery There are indeed atheists in foxholes — and their modern equivalent. I enjoy the weekly In Theory column and want to fill in a missing bit of information regarding Jan. 24’s subject of how religious organizations deal with atheists (“How do you handle atheists?”). I admire Father Vazken Movsesian and his work with many delightful young people and want to expand his understanding of nonbelievers. Several secular organizations honor service personnel without religious belief, as a quick online search will show you. The Military Assn.
July 7, 2007
A group called the Freedom From Religion Foundation has sued the state of North Dakota for providing funds to an association that uses Christian teachings to rehabilitate troubled youth. They argue that the funding of the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch, which is reportedly affiliated with the Lutheran Church, is unconstitutional because it thrusts religious teachings upon people who may not want them. It is a form of religious indoctrination, they say. Proponents of the program say the youth involved are not forced to be a part of the social service group's religious services.