December 12, 2018
Today, CFI is pleased to announce that the District of Columbia government reversed a recent proposal that would have privileged religious institutions by charging them a lower water services fee than other nonprofit organizations. The Center for Inquiry sent a letter on December 4 warning the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority that special treatment for religious institutions in the provision of government services would violate the Constitution’s Establishment Clause, opening the District to potential lawsuits.
The proposal, which was drafted by the Department of Energy and Environment, would have required a vote of approval by the Water and Sewer Authority. CFI applauds the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority and the D.C. Department of Energy and Environment for standing with the separation of church and state.
Read the full letter below: