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Op-ed column: Group that opposed shrine grant is silent on Buddhist lights

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It is rather strange that the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and their local supporters have been quiet about the donation of security cameras to the city of Amsterdam by a Buddhist group, especially after they made such a fuss over a $750 tourism grant by Montgomery County to the Kateri Shrine for the upcoming canonization celebration of Kateri Tekakwitha. In fact, the Amsterdam resident who contacted Americans United about the ...

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July 30, 2012
3:33 p.m.

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I'm sure that if the Vatican wants to donate security cameras, the donation will be as welcome as the Buddhists' was.

Receiving donations (thus helping reduce the cost of government for all) is a far cry from spending the money of all on an event hosted by one groups.

October 14, 2014
9:39 a.m.

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Both are still, according to the AU's definition, a violation of the separation of church and state, which is the issue here.