A letter published on Jan. 22 unflatteringly compared the Freedom From Religion Foundation to Sen. Glenn Grothman because we objected to observing Good Friday as a state holiday and Grothman objects to state workers observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday.
For the record, no state worker lost any vacation time after FFRF won its lawsuit against Wisconsin's Good Friday state holiday, which unconstitutionally required citizens to worship on the afternoon of Good Friday.
The half day unlawfully set aside for worship was changed to a floating half-holiday. Now even if individual workers decide to observe Good Friday, state offices properly stay open for business.
The law declaring a federal holiday to honor King does not honor him because he was a Christian minister or for any impermissible religious purpose, but because of his achievements in expanding civil liberties.
As a student of the Constitution, King was a proponent of separation between state and church, opposing school prayer, for example. I believe he would have agreed with FFRF and with U.S. District Judge John Shabaz, who ruled in our favor, that Wisconsin's Good Friday law was illegal.
- Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president, Freedom From Religion Foundation