From New Jersey:
A group of atheists is suing a New Jersey animal shelter because it used a Catholic priest to “bless” cats and dogs, a new lawsuit claims. Last month, the Bergen County Animal Shelter enlisted a rosary-sporting Roman Catholic priest in a ceremony for the furry sinners, according to a federal lawsuit, filed by the American Atheists in Newark on Nov. 13. The priest — who wore a large cross around his neck and a hooded cassock — performed the ritual in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, according to the lawsuit. But the Teterboro-based shelter receives government cash and shouldn’t mix church and state, according to the American Atheists — which claim it’s a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.