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HUD, Carson Sued Over Records on White House Bible Study

HUD, Carson Sued Over Records on White House Bible Study
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By    |   Tuesday, 23 January 2018 12:58 PM

The Department of Housing and Urban Development and Secretary Ben Carson is being sued for dodging requests for records relating to a White House Bible study, The Wisconsin Gazette reported on Tuesday.

Filing the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia was both the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), a state/church watchdog, and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a government watchdog.

The lawsuit alleges that HUD is systematically denying fee waivers on Freedom of Information Act requests "where disclosure of the requested documents is likely to cast the agency or HUD Secretary Ben Carson in a negative light."

FFRF wants records to check if the weekly Bible study at the White House uses government resources or if staffers are coerced into organizing or participating in the event, which might violate the constitutional separation of church and state.

FFRF objected to the appearance at the sessions of such officials as Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Energy Secretary Rick Perry because of what they said is their inability to keep their personal religion separate from their public office.

When FFRF has asked for records, HUD has denied the usual fee waiver, stating that the records were allegedly not in the public interest.

FFRP said "If those officials want privacy, the solution is pretty damn simple: Study the Bible in your private capacity, not in your official capacity and at your government desk," according to The Washington Times. "Do it on your time, not the taxpayers'. In short, get off your knees and get to work."

FFRF also says that the man leading the Bible sessions, Ralph Drollinger of Capitol Ministries, is a conservative Christian who has called Catholicism the "world's largest false religion," declared homosexuality an "abomination: and said it's "sinful" for women with children to serve in Congress, the Wisconsin Gazette reported.

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The Department of Housing and Urban Development and Secretary Ben Carson is being sued for dodging requests for records relating to a White House Bible study, The Wisconsin Gazette reported on Tuesday.
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