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Atheists Sue After Bishop “Blesses” Animal Shelter

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A federal civil lawsuit has been filed by Candice Yaacobi and American Atheists Inc. attacking the Bergen County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center in New Jersey. The animal shelter held its second annual Blessing of the Animals, which included a Franciscan bishop blessing the homeless animals and any pets that community members wanted to bring in. The lawsuit claims the event violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments and the group is seeking an injunction against the county’s participation, as well as legal fees.