Atheists sue to halt annual blessing of the animals at shelter
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An atheist group has its hackles up over an annual event that it calls unconstitutional - the blessing of the animals at the Bergen County Animal Shelter. The group, American Atheists Inc. of Cranford, claims in a federal lawsuit that the Teterboro shelter's event, in which animals are blessed by a Franciscan reverend, violates the First and Fourth amendments.