The American Atheists have once again filed suit, this time against the Federal Government over its use of the Spanish language in official documents.
The litigious group has previously sued a priest who prayed with firemen at “ground zero” after 9/11 and is currently involved in a suit against the IRS, accusing that agency of not being diligent enough in their pursuit of citizens’ money.
The current matter concerns the Federal Government’s use of Spanish across a broad range of documentation, primarily manuals and forms translated from English.
David Silverman, president of the organization, said, “The use of Spanish a clear violation of church-state separation. Just for an example, our crack team of lawyers in a cursory examination of paperwork in the San Antonio offices of the Department of Homeland Security revealed over seventy-two instances of the Spanish word for good-bye, which I cannot in good conscience bring myself to say.”
In Spanish, the word used for goodbye is often adiós, although the form vaya con Dios is also found. Both words make reference to a deity, which troubles Silverman.
“This reminds me of the time we petitioned the White House to beware of the farewell from then-president Nicolas Sarkozy,” said Silverman, referencing the infamous adieu scandal which eventually involved the Supreme Court. “Since we have been temporarily headquartered there, we’ve also asked San Antonio mayor Julian Castro to voluntarily change the name of his city to just ‘Antonio.’ If he doesn’t, we may have another case before us.”