‘Two groups filed the suit after the organizations asked for Freedom of Information Act requests to agencies led by Cabinet secretaries who attended the weekly Bible study.’
“A weekly Bible study for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Cabinet secretaries is the subject of a new lawsuit after an atheist organization said the secretaries are coerced into participating in the Bible study.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed the suit after the organizations asked for Freedom of Information Act requests to agencies led by Cabinet secretaries who attended the weekly Bible study. HUD also refused to waive fees for the FOIA requests, saying the fees were needed because the records were not in the public interest or related to the department’s operations.
Capitol Ministries founder Ralph Drollinger leads the weekly Bible study, which is attended by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and Energy Secretary Ricky Perry. In response to the lawsuit, Drollinger said that all related Bible study expenses are paid by Capitol Ministries.”