A secularist group has asserted that the gift would violate the Establishment Clause if it were given.
On Tuesday, an organization that advocates for religious liberty called First Liberty wrote a letter to the city of Palatka in Florida in response to allegations that restoring a church’s Olympic-sized pool with public funds would violate
They wrote in the letter that the Free Exercise Clause “prohibits the type of religious discrimination proposed by [the Freedom from Religion Foundation] FFRF.” In other words, the FFRF isn’t advocating for religious discrimination, but rather the Free Exercise Clause is.
Legal representation for the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, which has recently applied for a grant of $35,000 to fund the renovation of the indoor junior Olympic swimming pool located in their Family Life Center to reopen the pool to the general public. the clause titled “Establishment” is found in the First Amendment.
First Liberty Institute attorneys Keisha Russell and Ryan Gardner wrote in a letter that was provided to authorities that the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution allows religious organizations to receive generally available government benefits like the funds that are in question.