Bush admin. backs prayer services at library

Redcardlibrarian writes “”SAN FRANCISCO – The Bush administration is siding with a Christian group in its lawsuit demanding rights to conduct prayer services at public libraries.

The case concerns a Contra Costa County policy allowing the public to use free meeting rooms at its libraries, but prohibits “religious services and activities.”

The Sierra Club, Narcotics Anonymous and even the East Contra Costa Democratic Club have utilized the county’s library facilities. The Faith Center Church Evangelistic Ministries, however, was denied access because of its religious preaching.

“Because the county refused to permit Faith Center to use the meeting rooms solely because of the religious perspective of the activities at its meetings, the county engaged in impermissible viewpoint discrimination,” the Justice Department wrote the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Monday.”

San Jose Mercury News