A special visit to The Ark Encounter and Creation Museum was just one of dozens of trips that Christiansburg Parks and Recreation offered to Virginia families this spring.
However, the city crossed the trip off the itinerary after facing outrage from a prominent atheist group.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to the Christiansburg Parks and Recreation Department, calling the field trip a violation of the constitution.
“While organizing and encouraging citizens to attend family-friendly recreation is a laudable goal, advertising and organizing a trip to a Christian ministry constitutes government endorsement of religion and alienates those Christiansburg residents who are not Christian and who are non-religious,” FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel asserted.
“Advertising and organizing such an event sends the message that residents are expected to support such religious events,” he added.
The city quickly responded with a letter advising that the trip had been cancelled.
This is not the first time that FFRF has targeted cities for organizing trips to the exhibit.
Last May, the organization sent letters to schools in Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania to urge cancellation of trips to the Creation Museum. Read More