Bradley County has agreed to pay $41,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a national atheist organization over a religious Easter message posted to an official Facebook page for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
American Atheists announced Thursday they had reached a settlement with the East Tennessee county and sheriff’s office. Amanda Knief, the national legal and public policy director for American Atheists, called the settlement a “clear win” for the two anonymous local plaintiffs in a statement and was pleased the sheriff agreed not to promote religion on the official social media account.
“What is unfortunate, is that it took a lawsuit and more than $40,000 in taxpayer money for the county and sheriff to put this common sense policy in place,” Knief said.
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