'Prowling' atheist group goes after hunter's ed. instructor

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Deer hunters in orangeAn atheist group needs to get a life instead of attacking a New Hampshire pastor, says an attorney.

Freedom from Religion Foundation filed a complaint in June about a hunter safety instructor who shared religious materials with the class.

Baptist pastor Joel Nason reportedly handed out flyers at the course that was held at his church, Heritage Free Will Baptist Church in Laconia.

The attendees received a flyer about the church's worship times and a handout about the "ABCs" of becoming a Christian, a New Hampshire newspaper reported.

The letter FFRF fired off to Fish and Game said the attendee was "dismayed" by the church literature, and the atheist organization called the literature "supremely insulting" to non-Christians and non-believers.

The letter goes on to demand that Fish and Game end its practice of holding hunter training classes in churches and asks for a response in writing from the state agency.

Liberty Counsel attorney Matt Staver says FFRF is constantly on the "prowl" for expressions of faith in public and in this case, he says, they're attempting to intimidate a person into silencing his views.

"Just because he's giving some kind of training," argues Staver, "doesn't mean that he's a government agent and is prohibited thereby from expressing any kind of private, personal Christian viewpoint."

It's not clear if Nason is technically employed by the State of New Hampshire anyway. The "become an instructor" web page states that a certified instructor is recognized as a volunteer in the hunter's ed. program.  

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