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Taxpayer Funded AA/12 Step Treatment Centers Violates First Amendment

Posted by Live_free_or_die on October 14, 2012 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (250)

DeStefano v. Emergency Housing Group, Inc. 247 F. 3d 397 - Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 2001 Held that New York taxpayer funds used to fund, in part, AA/12 Step program was a violation of the First Amendment.



Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. v. McCallum 179 F. Supp. 2d 950 - Dist. Court, WD Wiscons...

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AA Held Not to be Religious

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James STAFFORD, Plaintiff, v. Delane HARRISON, et al., Defendants.No. 88-3027-S 766 F.Supp. 1014 (1991). Held that AA was not a religion and no violation of first amendment.


Glenside Center, Inc. v. Abington Twp. Zoning Hearing Bd., 973 A.2d 10, 15 n.11 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2009) Held that AA was not a r...

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AA/NA 5th Step Confession Held Not Priviliged

Posted by Live_free_or_die on October 13, 2012 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Cox v. Miller, 296 F.3d 89, 89 (2d Cir. 2002) Holding that a confession to murder in an AA meeting was not protected by cleric-congregant privilege, despite 5th step requiring participant to admit to God, other human beings, and themselves the exact nature of their wrongs.


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AA/NA Attendence Held to Not Violate First Amendment

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Norton v. Kootenai County, CV09-58-N-EJL (D. Idaho 9-11-2009) Where claimant originally asked to go to facility that used AA, and never notified his probation officer of his religious objection to going to AA meetings, no First Amendment violation.



In re Garcia, 24 P.3d 1091, 1091 (Wash. Ct. App. 2001) Given the non-relig...

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AA/NA Violates First Amendment

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Hazle v. Crofoot, 2:08-cv-02295-GEB-KJM (E. D. Calif. 4-6-2010) Granting summary judgment for plaintiff on his claim that forcing him into a 12 step religious based treatment program, when he was an atheist, was a violation of the First Amendment.



Hanas v. Inner City Christian Outreach, 542 F. Supp. 2d 683, 683 (E.D. Mich. 2008) Holding that the drug court ...

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Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and the U.S. Constitutiuon

Posted by Live_free_or_die on October 13, 2012 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (3)

There is a concept here in the United States that states that there is to be a separation of church and state in all things government. This means, generally, that the state cannot force an individual to practice a given religion, or the state cannot preclude the practice of a given religion. For purposes of discussion here “state” is defined as the U.S. Government or one of the fifty states and includes the various U.S. possessions or territories. This concept is embodied in the ...

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