A religiously based homeless shelter in Washington, D.C., will no longer require the homeless to attend religious services as a condition of getting food and shelter, and the D.C. government no longer plans to pay tax dollars to the shelter, as a result of a lawsuit filed by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of the Nationâ€™s Capital.
Because of these changes to the terms of the deal, the groups today dismissed the lawsuit, which had challenged the Districtâ€™s planned support of the shelter.
Said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, â€œOrganizations that want to promote religion should rely on private donations, not taxpayer support. Iâ€™m glad that taxpayer dollars will no longer be handed to a religious rescue mission.â€