Christian Post.com By Samuel Smith Sun., May 03, 2020
A leading secular legal group says the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has agreed to pay $17,800 after settling a lawsuit related to Secretary Dr. Ben Carson’s participation in a Bible study and his daily schedule that might include a Bible study.
Last Thursday, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) announced that it, along with the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, (CREW) settled a federal lawsuit filed after the denial of a Freedom of Information Act-related request by the agency.
FFRF and CREW filed a lawsuit in January 2018 accusing the agency of a pattern of rejecting requests to waive fees associated with processing their FOIA requests.
The requests filed by both groups were for the disclosure of records related to the influence Carson’s family members have at HUD, emails Carson or other HUD officials have exchanged with a ministry that leads a weekly Bible study for top political leaders, any internal correspondence regarding the weekly Bible study that Carson sponsors, and copies of Carson’s daily schedules schedule that include the daily Bible study.
As part of the settlement, HUD has reportedly agreed to pay FFRF $3,400 in attorney fees and $17,400 in attorney fees to CREW. Both organizations have subsequently received their desired documents, according to FFRF.