Church withdraws request for public funds (December 24, 2015)

After FFRF objected to a Vermont board’s proposal to give a grant to a church, the church has rescinded its request. The Waitsfield Select Board had voted to place an item on the Town Meeting ballot in March 2016 to give $1,500 to the Waitsfield United Church of Christ.

“The government may not fund projects for religious worship,” wrote Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne on Dec. 8. Jayne also pointed out that the Vermont Constitution prohibits funding of places of worship.

A Valley Reporter article published Dec. 24 said that to avoid controversy, the church representatives withdrew their request at the board’s Dec. 21 meeting — though not before castigating FFRF’s complainant for inviting “this crackpot Midwestern group into the discussion.”

Freedom From Religion Foundation