Illinois church denied federal money

An Illinois church was stopped from collecting a million dollars from the government. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, aka Blagojevich’s replacement, signed a bill to try and get get $11,000,000 in taxpayer money to various religious projects because apparently he never even heard of the First Amendment. . .or the Constitution for that matter. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. We sent the wrong one to jail. Anyway, $1,000,000 of that was going to go to Pilgrim Baptist Church. And now. . .not.

When atheist Rob Sherman filed a lawsuit against our state last year over this illegal earmark, it resulted in an infamous exchange with State Representative Monique Davis during which she stated, “it’s dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists,” referring to Sherman’s atheism.

Sherman now has good news to report:

Pilgrim Baptist Church won’t be getting any of that money.

The excuse that the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity used for cancelling the Grant was that there was insufficient money to fund the grant, but we know what the real reason was.

I’m not sure how much of a role Sherman actually played in the reversal but as long as we got a happy outcome, who cares?


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