Atheist Group Upset Over Donation to Fla. Churches

By: AP
By: AP

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) --

An atheist group is upset over the Polk County Sheriff's recent decision to donate jailhouse basketball equipment to eight churches.

Atheists of Florida on Tuesday, Jan. 4 formally requested information
from the sheriff's office, including how much the equipment is
worth and how much taxpayer money was involved. The group contends Sheriff Grady Judd violated separation of church and state by giving the equipment to churches instead of schools or parks.

Just before Christmas, Judd ordered the removal of the
basketball goals, saying, "going to jail isn't fun and games."

The atheist group says it will decide on its next step after
receiving the requested information.

Grady, however, says sheriff's office lawyers cleared the
donation to churches.

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