Atheists complain about flyers given out at hunting class in church

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is investigating a complaint from the Freedom from Religion Foundation that participants in an agency-sponsored hunter safety class held at a church were given religious flyers.

Laura Ryder, the department’s hunter education supervisor, tells The Laconia Daily Sun (http://bit.ly/2sHLoIU) it’s not clear who handed out the flyers at the Heritage Free Will Baptist Church in Laconia. The flyers included prayers and information about services. Ryder said materials in the classes are supposed to pertain strictly to hunting.

“This is a first,” Ryder said. “We’re reviewing everything that happened and are handling it like a personnel matter.”

Messages were left Monday for Pastor Joel Nason, who was the lead instructor for the April class. US NEWS

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