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FFRF sues Morris County, N.J., over grants to churches

1/8/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and member David Steketee filed a lawsuit Dec. 1, 2015, in New Jersey state court against Morris County and county officials, challenging public grants of tax dollars to repair or maintain churches. FFRF with Steketee, a taxpayer in Morris … More »

Church withdraws request for public funds (December 24, 2015)

12/24/2015 · After FFRF objected to a Vermont board's proposal to give a grant to a church, the church has rescinded its request. The Waitsfield Select Board had voted to place an item on the Town Meeting ballot in March 2016 to give $1,500 to the … More »

FFRF brings equality to prison website (December 20, 2015)

12/20/2015 · In Pennsylvania, the York County prison system's website featured a direct link to the website of Good News Jail & Prison Ministry, a Christian organization, despite the fact that several other organizations operate in the prison. However, the county stopped promoting the group on … More »

Evangelists removed from high school (December 18, 2015)

12/18/2015 · After FFRF sent a complaint, Barnum Public Schools in Minnesota will no longer allow evangelists access to students at school. Adults affiliated with the evangelical Christian group Campus Life had been permitted to come into the lunchroom weekly to recruit students to come to church … More »

Police station won’t display nativity again (December 17, 2015)

12/17/2015 · Next holiday season, the city of Belle Plaine, Minn., will not allow a longstanding nativity scene on public land as it previously had. A local church will display it instead. Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott and Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne sent the city a letter of … More »

FFRF quashes Texas teacher’s prayers (December 17, 2015)

12/17/2015 · Teacher-led prayers are no longer part of the lunch hour at Alpha Charter School in Garland, Texas, thanks to action taken by the FFRF. A parent reported their child's second-grade teacher to FFRF for leading her students in prayer every day before lunch. The school … More »

Religious club no longer teacher-led (December 17, 2015)

12/17/2015 · The Appleton Area School District in Wisconsin is taking steps to ensure that a Christian club is truly student-run. FFRF learned that Appleton East High School circulated a flyer for a religious student club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, but listed a teacher's school email … More »

Idaho nativity replaced with secular display (December 14, 2015)

12/14/2015 · A painted nativity display was removed and replaced with a secular display in the window of the Rupert Post Office in Idaho after FFRF lodged a complaint. Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler protested the display, which also included the words "Christmas begins with Christ," in a … More »

Michigan post office removes religious poster (December 3, 2015)

12/3/2015 · The Alden Post Office in Michigan has removed religious propaganda from the counter in the lobby following a complaint from FFRF. Proselytizing materials subtitled "Evidence for God's Existence and Identity" had been regularly available in the lobby. Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler wrote to Postmaster Lynnette … More »

Second set of religious displays removed (December 2, 2015)

12/2/2015 · After persuading the Frisco Independent School District in Texas to remove a sign reading "Pray more, worry less" from the Roach Middle School front office in September, FFRF has prompted the district to remove further unconstitutional religious displays from district property. Staff Attorney Sam Grover … More »

Prayers ended at faculty meetings (December 2, 2015)

12/2/2015 · After years of prayers "in Jesus' name" at Missouri's Montgomery County R-II School District faculty meetings, FFRF has ensured that future meetings will be secular. Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott called the prayers "unnecessary and divisive," pointing out that they alienate non-Christian and nonbelieving employees. "Their … More »

County clerk removes religious poster (December 1, 2015)

12/1/2015 · A Colorado county clerk has removed an overtly religious poster from the office where citizens, including same-sex couples, get their marriage licenses, following a complaint by FFRF. The poster was removed the day after FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel asked Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder … More »

No more religion in Kansas publications (December 1, 2015)

12/1/2015 · After receiving a letter from FFRF, Unified School District #436 in Caney Valley, Kan., will ensure that religious material is no longer printed in its yearbooks or newspapers. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote a letter of complaint after a student forwarded a picture of the … More »

FFRF removes religion from post offices (November 30, 2015)

11/30/2015 · The Carver, Mass., post office has removed a religious poster from its bulletin board after FFRF pointed out the sign's illegality. The poster was titled "The Pledges," and in addition to the Pledge of Allegiance, printed a "Pledge to the Bible" and a "Pledge to … More »

Future veteran’s events to exclude prayer (November 30, 2015)

11/30/2015 · Coleman High School in Coleman, Wis., will not include prayers in future Memorial Day and Veterans Day assemblies after FFRF sent a letter to the superintendent. Ceremonies for the last two years at least have reportedly included religious prayers and videos. "We ask that you … More »

FFRF stops concert’s religious script (November 24, 2015)

11/24/2015 · Missouri's Iberia Elementary School previously planned on including a recitation of the "biblical meaning" of verses in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" at its Christmas program. However, after receiving a letter from Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott, the school changed the script prior to the … More »

Ohio district ends ties with fundraiser (November 24, 2015)

11/24/2015 · New Lebanon Local Schools in Ohio will no longer fundraise for the Samaritan's Purse, a religious organization headed by Franklin Graham. FFRF learned that Dixie Elementary School in New Lebanon has asked its students to participate in a donation drive for "Operation Christmas Child," a … More »

Senior center stops mealtime prayers (November 24, 2015)

11/24/2015 · Thanks to a series of letters from FFRF, tax-funded senior centers in Maryland have been reminded of their duties to not require prayer for the seniors in their care. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent letters to three Maryland senior centers about reports of unconstitutional prayers … More »

FFRF halts Ohio band competition prayer (November 24, 2015)

11/24/2015 · After a complaint by FFRF, Louisville High School in Ohio will no longer include invocations at its annual marching band competition. The 2015 event reportedly began with a minister leading attendees from seven different Ohio public schools in prayer. Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert wrote … More »

Reciting prayers halted at school (November 20, 2015)

11/20/2015 · Pursuant to a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint, Decatur City Schools in Alabama will ensure that students are not required to recite prayers in the future. During a grandparents' day event on Sept. 11 at Walter Jackson Elementary, a kindergarten teacher led students in the … More »

FFRF stops Louisiana school’s prayer (November 19, 2015)

11/19/2015 · Students at Mansfield High School in Mansfield, La., are no longer being subjected to prayer each day at mandatory morning assemblies. FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote to the Desoto Parish School System in August 2015 objecting to the school's practice of selecting a student … More »

FFRF stops bible distributions to nursing graduates (November 18, 2015)

11/18/2015 · Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction will no longer distribute bibles to nursing school graduates as part of their "pinning" ceremony after the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers sent complaint letters. FFRF learned of the Gideon bible distribution … More »

Alabama district updates prayer policy (November 17, 2015)

11/17/2015 · Dallas County Schools in Selma, Ala., took action to end prayers over the loudspeaker before football games after hearing from FFRF. FFRF sent the district a letter on Sept. 30. "The Supreme Court has specifically struck down invocations given over the loudspeaker at public school … More »

Texas principal won’t attend prayer event (October 14, 2015)

11/14/2015 · Prosper (Texas) High School Principal Greg Wright will no longer participate in See You At The Pole, an annual Christian student prayer event, after hearing about the issue from FFRF. Wright's involvement in a religious student club is also ending, and a cross and … More »

Kansas school district ends bible distribution (November 13, 2015)

11/13/2015 · Geary County Schools in Kansas will no longer allow Gideons to distribute bibles following an FFRF complaint. FFRF first dealt with this issue in 2012, but it resurfaced this year. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott sent a request for records on distribution policies on … More »

Reciting prayers halted at New York school (November 10, 2015)

11/10/2015 · The Greece (N.Y.) Central School District Board voted 5-4 against a proposal Nov. 10 to consolidate polling sites from 11 elementary schools to two churches and a fire station. The proposed church sites were at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Parish and Hope Lutheran … More »

Standing for pledge no longer required (November 9, 2015)

11/9/2015 · Teachers within Plaquemines Parish Schools in Louisiana will no longer force students to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance after FFRF wrote two complaints on behalf of a Belle Chasse High School student. Previously, students who refused to stand had been informed they were required … More »

Illinois school board to end meeting prayers (November 9, 2015)

11/9/2015 · The Windsor Board of Education in Illinois will no longer pray at its meetings after getting a complaint from FFRF. Local clergy typically led the Christian prayers."It is beyond the scope of a public school board to schedule or conduct prayer as part of … More »

No more mealtime prayer at senior center (October 29, 2015)

10/29/2015 · Seniors at the city of Chandler Senior Center in Chandler, Ariz., will no longer be subjected to prayers at meals after FFRF got involved. A senior center employee had led the prayers in the past, and later started selecting a member of the audience … More »

FFRF and parent successfully remove Ten Commandments monument from Pa. public school

10/28/2015 · FFRF filed suit on Sept. 27, 2012, against the Connellsville Area School District (Pa.) in a challenge to a Ten Commandments monument in front of the District's junior high school. The suit was also brought on behalf of a student, Doe 4, then a … More »

School prayer stopped in Alabama school again (October 26, 2015)

10/26/2015 · A third Prattville Primary School teacher has been stopped from praying with students after FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover ensured that two praying teachers at the school were educated on the Constitution in February. FFRF’s local complainant reported in September that a third teacher … More »

Gideons no longer allowed in district (October 21, 2015)

10/21/2015 · The McConnellsburg, Pa., school district has banned the Gideons from repeating the unconstitutional distributions of bibles in the future after FFRF alerted the Central Fulton School District of the illegal act. Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote a letter on Oct. 15 objecting to Gideons roaming … More »

FFRF Legals sweep Bible Belters (October 20, 2015)

10/20/2015 · Northern Illinois University in DeKalb promptly removed all Gideon bibles from the Holmes Student Center Hotel after getting an Oct. 20 complaint letter from FFRF Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne, who wrote, "Certainly, if guests want to read this religious text during their stay, they … More »

Religious sign removed from class (October 19, 2015)

10/19/2015 · After receiving a letter from FFRF, a teacher at Indian Springs Elementary in Blountville, Tenn., has removed a sign from her classroom that read, "I can do all things through God who strengthens me." The Sullivan County Schools District "violates the Constitution when it allows … More »

Students spared more bible distributions (October 19, 2015)

10/19/2015 · The Bienville Parish Schools in Arcadia, La., will ensure that schools do not allow Gideons to distribute bibles to students after FFRF alerted the district to the constitutional violation. Members of the evangelical Gideons group passed out bibles to Crawford Elementary School students on … More »

FFRF secularizes school’s pep rallies (October 16, 2015)

10/16/2015 · On Aug. 26, 2015, Little Elm High School in Texas began a pep rally with a prayer from the pastor of a local church, but it won't happen again after FFRF got involved.An Aug. 27 letter from Staff Attorney Sam Grover reminded the Little … More »

Coordinated signups for religious club ended (October 12, 2015)

10/12/2015 · Audubon Park Elementary School in Florida will no longer coordinate signups for the Good News Club, an evangelical Christian children’s group, after FFRF filed complaints with the Orange County Public Schools, one of the largest school districts in the country. FFRF has lodged many complaints … More »

Godly decals removed from sheriff’s cars (October 8, 2015)

10/8/2015 · The Houston County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office has removed Matthew 5:9 "Blessed are the Peacemakers" decals from patrol cars. Staff Attorney Sam Grover informed Sheriff Donald Valenza in late July that the display "undermines the credibility of the sheriff's office in the eyes of the … More »

FFRF, ACLU bring suit challenging public school’s live nativity scene

10/28/2015 · On October 7, 2015, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Indiana filed a federal lawsuit, along with a local parent and student, challenging an annual live nativity performance at Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana. The complaint … More »

FFRF ends longtime grotto violations (October 1, 2015)

10/1/2015 · Several Oregon public schools will no longer be performing during a holiday chorale concert at a Catholic shrine. Local families alerted FFRF in 2013 about numerous public school districts that scheduled students to perform during the Festival of Lights event in Portland at the … More »

Alabama primary school will no longer lead students in prayer (October 1, 2015)

10/1/2015 · A kindergarten teacher at Arab Primary School in Arab, Ala., will no longer lead students in prayer after FFRF sent the superintendent a letter of complaint. The teacher lined up the students before lunch and made them recite, "God is great, God is good, let … More »

FFRF curbs coach’s religious comments (September 29, 2015)

9/29/2015 · FFRF reminded the Kenmore High School football coach in Akron, Ohio, about school policies on the promotion of religion after his comments at an event at which the team received a gift of new uniforms. A complainant alerted FFRF to Coach Kemp Boyd's religious comments … More »

Religious messages removed from school (September 29, 2015)

9/29/2015 · Bible verses posted by school officials have been removed from Germantown High School in Madison, Miss., following an FFRF complaint. A note reading "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23" and … More »

Texas students freed from praying more (September 25, 2015)

9/25/2015 · The Frisco (Texas) Independent School District removed a display reading “Pray more, worry less” from the Roach Middle School front office after getting Staff Attorney Sam Grover’s letter Sept. 11. The district informed FFRF on Sept. 25 that the display was removed from public view. … More »

San Diego libraries to stay open on Easter (September 29, 2015)

9/25/2015 · San Diego public libraries, typically open on Sundays, will no longer close on Easter. "Easter is neither a federal holiday nor a California state holiday," wrote Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert in a June complaint letter. "As a matter of policy, the library should … More »

School steered toward religious neutrality (September 24, 2015)

9/24/2015 · The Avon (Ind.) Community School Corp. has taken corrective action regarding an inappropriate religious assembly that students were required to attend. A Sept. 9 assembly titled "Stay In Your Lane" was mandatory for Avon High School sophomores. Two speakers from the group "Steered Straight" told … More »

School officials done with National Day of Prayer (September 23, 2015)

9/23/2015 · FFRF has ensured that Georgetown Independent School District in Texas will not send administrators to participate in the Georgetown National Day of Prayer in their official capacities. After explaining that the National Day of Prayer is a sectarian Christian event founded by Billy Graham, FFRF … More »

Christian-only prayer policy scrapped ( September 21, 2015)

9/21/2015 · The Coolidge (Ariz.) City Council, during a hastily called meeting Sept. 21, voted unanimously to back away from a proposal to allow only Christians to pray before council meetings, the Arizona Republic reported.   Robert Hudelson, the council member (also a Baptist minister) who sponsored the … More »

Religious posters removed from classroom (September 21, 2015)

9/21/2015 · A religious poster has been taken down from a sixth-grade teacher's classroom in Texas after FFRF contacted the school district. A teacher at River Valley Intermediate School in Woodway, Texas, had a large poster in his classroom reading "In God We Trust," which also included … More »

School employees don’t have to hear prayers in meetings (September 16, 2015)

9/16/2015 · Prayer will no longer be included in employee meetings in the Dickinson Independent School District in Texas after FFRF sent a complaint letter to the school district. A district employee informed FFRF that a mandatory teacher in-service training included Dickinson High School principal Billye Smith … More »

No more prayer at ‘Super Fun Day’ (September 15, 2015)

9/15/2015 · Future "Super Fun Day" events, Special Olympics-style events held at Neal High School in Brewton, Ala., will be free from prayer after FFRF contacted the school district. At the 2015 event, students, staff, volunteers and participants were asked to bow their heads while a … More »

Illinois school district ends school board prayer (September 15, 2015)

9/15/2015 · Because of a letter sent by FFRF, Teutopolis Community Unit #50 Board of Education will no longer open with a prayer. In a letter sent Aug. 28, Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote, "It is beyond the scope of a public school board to schedule or … More »

Last Supper has last day at Kansas school (September 14, 2015)

9/14/2015 · After FFRF protested, Haysville Public Schools in Kansas removed a print of Leonardo Da Vinci's "The Last Supper" from the cafeteria of Nelson Elementary School. "As you are certainly aware, the display of religious messages in the school setting violates the Establishment Clause of the … More »

Graduation prayer taken off the schedule (September 10, 2015)

9/10/2015 · At the Iberia High School (Mo.) graduation in 2015, a reverend gave a heavily Christian invocation and benediction. Thanks to the FFRF, this constitutional violation will not recur. "The Supreme Court has settled this matter—high school graduations must be secular to protect the freedom of … More »

FFRF complaint removes Jesus painting (September 8, 2015)

9/8/2015 · A painting of Jesus was removed from Altizer Elementary School, Huntington, W.Va., just five days after Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott sent the school district a complaint letter. Cabell County Schools Superintendent William Smith informed FFRF on Sept. 8 that the picture had been taken … More »

Letter stops grants to Florida churches (September 8, 2015)

9/8/2015 · The city of Ocala, Fla., has in the past used its discretionary fund to give grants to churches. Last year, the Ocala City Council provided a grant to First Presbyterian Church to repair its steeple. This year, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church requested … More »

Board agrees to approve secular club (September 8, 2015)

9/8/2015 · After more than a year of stonewalling, Ward Melville High School, Setauket, N.Y., finally gave a student permission to start a Secular Student Alliance chapter. FFRF Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler wrote to the district July 23 urging them to stop violating the Equal Access … More »

No prayers at school employee meetings (September 8, 2015)

9/8/2015 · FFRF has ensured that prayers will not be given during future mandatory faculty meetings in the Montgomery Independent School District in Texas. The school district had brought a Christian pastor to give a prayer at an Aug. 18 employee meeting, and the dean of … More »

Teacher kicked out of religious club (September 8, 2015)

9/8/2015 · A teacher at Colonial High School in Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools will no longer have a leadership role in CONFRA: Hispanic Christian Action, a religious club, following involvement into the issue by FFRF. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote the district on Aug. 27 … More »

Classroom prayers nixed in North Carolina (September 4, 2015)

9/4/2015 · A teacher in the school district of Perquimans County in Hertford, N.C., will no longer be permitted to lead her first-graders in prayer after FFRF contacted the district and informed it of the constitutional violation. Susan Jordan, first-grade teacher at Perquimans Central School, previously led … More »

Bible class discontinued at Alabama school (September 2, 2015)

9/2/2015 · Blount County School District in Oneonta, Ala., did not offer a bible study elective class for the 2015-16 school year after FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel lodged a complaint about the unconstitutional class. The class was taught by a teacher and a local Baptist pastor. … More »

Letter removes prayer from football field ( August 31, 2015)

8/31/2015 · The Corsicana (Texas) ISD previously started all Corsicana High School football games with a prayer led by a clergy member. Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote a letter of complaint last November. Although FFRF never heard back from the school district, a report from a … More »

Schools say football prayer not OK ( August 31, 2015)

8/31/2015 · University of Toledo (Ohio) football coach Matt Campbell will no longer lead his team in the Lord’s Prayer before games. “The University and the football coaching staff are endorsing religion whenever Coach Campbell incorporates prayer into the team’s pregame activities and allows himself or … More »

Prayer with students removed in Tishomingo ( August 28, 2015)

8/28/2015 · Teachers in the Tishomingo County Schools in Iuka, Miss., have been reminded that they cannot participate in religious activities with students. A parent informed FFRF that on the first day of school this term at Tishomingo County High, faculty joined students at the flagpole … More »

FFRF, AU, ACLU sue Brevard County (FL) over discrimination of nontheists

8/26/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, together with Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, filed a federal lawsuit on July 7, 2015, challenging censorship of nontheists by Brevard County (Fla.) … More »

School cross, Jesus painting taken down ( August 26, 2015)

8/26/2015 · Guthrie Upper Elementary School took down a cross in a classroom after getting Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel’s Aug. 26 letter to Guthrie (Okla.) Public Schools: “When a school erects crosses on its property, it unconstitutionally promotes a religious message, specifically a Christian message.” An … More »

‘Head of Christ’ not in Kansas anymore (August 20, 2015)

8/20/2015 · A portrait of Jesus hanging in Royster Middle School in Chanute, Kan., was removed Aug. 20 in response to Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel's letter to Chanute Public Schools. The reproduction of Warner Sallman's "Head of Christ" had been displayed in the school at least … More »

Graduation prayer won’t be repeated (August 20, 2015)

8/20/2015 · The Collinsville (Texas) Independent School District will not schedule prayer at future graduation ceremonies. Staff Attorney Sam Grover in an Aug. 12 letter to the school district said, “Graduations are not the place for personal religious promotion, just as it would taint the occasion … More »

City drops Gospel Fest sponsorship (August 19, 2015)

8/19/2015 · The city of Jonesboro, Ga., ended its unconstitutional involvement in Gospel Fest after getting an FFRF complaint letter. concert. While claiming that it disagreed with FFRF’s position, the city officially “relinquished sponsorship of the concert.” The event was advertised with Christian imagery on the city’s … More »

Christian care ad off school website ( August 17, 2015)

8/17/2015 · An ad for the Christian Community Center’s child care services has been removed from the South Lewis Central School District website. “Advertising for the CCC on the District website crosses the line because anyone viewing [it] would understand that the District endorses any organization … More »

FFRF letter curbs meeting in church ( August 17, 2015)

8/17/2015 · Keller (Texas) Independent School District’s mandatory employee meetings will not include proselytizing and employees who do not want to attend the meeting, which takes place in a church, can attend remotely. At the most recent meeting, religious literature was distributed to employees and a … More »

Band’s religious music gets scrutiny (August 17, 2015)

8/17/2015 · Winchester Community High School in Indiana will no longer perform religious routines after getting an FFRF complaint lodged with the Randolph Central School Corp.The band’s 2015 performance of “With Trumpets and Cymbals” was based on Psalm 150 and included a narrator reciting “Praise the … More »

Private sector gets Wisconsin crèche (August 15, 2015)

8/15/2015 · The city of Elkhorn, Wis., will not put up a nativity scene on public land this December. Previously, a large nativity was displayed annually in Veterans Park and illuminated at night. FFRF started objecting to the display in 2012. After FFRF asked to display its … More »

Prayer, ants deemed unwelcome at picnic ( August 13, 2015)

8/13/2015 · Dalton (Ohio) Middle School football coach Dennis Finley was warned about engaging in inappropriate religious activity at school for asking a student to lead a prayer at a school picnic. Senior staff Attorney Rebecca Markert sent a letter of complaint Aug. 10.   School attorney Susan … More »

School staff warned about prayer pole (August 11, 2015)

8/11/2015 · This year’s “See You at the Pole” prayer events will not be organized or promoted by the Huffman (Texas) Independent School District. In 2014, a newsletter sent to all district staff documented SYATP events at several schools, indicating that staff, parents and community members … More »

Church must clean up its leavings ( August 7, 2015)

8/7/2015 ·   Hoover High School in the North Canton (Ohio) City School District can continue to rent space to Mission View Church, but the church will no longer be allowed to leave materials behind after services. The church had left behind signs, brochures, offering envelopes and … More »

Prayer silenced at Florida meetings (August 4, 2015)

8/4/2015 · Quarterly employee luncheons for the city of Belleview, Fla., will now have a moment of silence instead of a prayer. "While individuals are certainly free to pray privately or to worship on their own time in their own way," wrote Staff Attorney Madeline Ziegler … More »

Letter sours school on religious tea (July 30, 2015)

7/30/2015 · Eighth-grade girls at Alice Robertson Jr. High School in Tulsa, Okla., have traditionally attended a religious "spring tea" event but won't in the future due to Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel's complaint letter. Students were taken annually to First United Methodist Church during school hours … More »

School board ends meeting prayer (July 30, 2015)

7/30/2015 · The North Lebanon (Pa.) School Board has stopped praying at its meetings. Prayers were recited even though students were typically present at meetings and a student representative attended each meeting. "Federal courts, including the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Pennsylvania, have … More »

Georgia school ends bible distribution (July 29, 2015)

7/29/2015 · A representative of Gideons International who thanked the West Haralson Elementary School faculty for inviting him to distribute bibles to fifth graders for 16 straight years will no longer be permitted to proselytize children in Tallapoosa, Ga. "There is no excuse or justification for this … More »

Minn. baccalaureate gets the boot (July 29, 2015)

7/29/2015 · Kingsland High School in Spring Valley, Minn., will no longer host a baccalaureate service after getting a complaint letter from Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott. "Given the blatant school endorsement of this event, we ask that you take measures to cease any school involvement in … More »

New York City quiets amplified gospel (July 27, 2015)

7/27/2015 · The Gospel Light Baptist Church will no longer be able to illegally gather and preach over a loudspeaker in a New York public park. The church had previously set up weekly in Major Mark Park in Queens, preaching for hours at a time at … More »

Calif. swim meets will go secular (July 24, 2015)

7/24/2015 · The Visalia Seahawks, a swim team organized by the city of Visalia, Calif., will no longer be subjected to prayers over the loudspeaker at meets. The team had solicited parents to volunteer to give the prayer. "Any reasonable Visalia resident would interpret the prayers at … More »

Teacher’s Catholic enthusiasm curbed (July 21, 2015)

7/21/2015 · Rogers City (Mich.) Area Schools Superintendent Kathleen Xenakis-Makowski has resolved a state/church violation brought to her attention in a complaint letter from Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert. A Rogers City High School English teacher reportedly had inappropriately discussed his Catholicism with his students regularly … More »

Letters stop abuse of school prayer (July 16, 2015)

7/16/2015 · Dalton Local School District's future graduation ceremonies and school board meetings will not include prayer. "The Supreme Court has settled this matter — high school graduations must be secular to protect the freedom of conscience of all students," wrote Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert in … More »

FFRF douses fire chief’s prayer plans (July 16, 2015)

7/16/2015 · Milton, Fla., Fire Chief John Reble planned and coordinated the Santa Rosa County Day of Prayer event, listing his city email address as the primary contact for the May 7 event. He has agreed to cease all planning of the event using city resources … More »

Roadside cross goes away after letter (July 16, 2015)

7/16/2015 · The Missouri Department of Transportation has taken down a cross that was posted at an intersection in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert wrote the department on July 10: “It is blatantly unconstitutional for either the city or the state to display a … More »

Georgia violations will be addressed (July 15, 2015)

7/15/2015 · After a teacher delivered a prayer at Lowndes High School's Freshman Academy Awards Night and a Lake Park Elementary School event was held in a church, Lowndes County Schools is taking steps to ensure no further violations of the separation of church and state … More »

Parks head gets constitutional lesson (July 15, 2015)

7/15/2015 · Employees of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department in Texas will not invite pastors to give religious motivational speeches at future mandatory meetings. Division Manager Jeff Jefferson invited his pastor, William Lindsey, to a June 26 employee meeting. Lindsey’s speech contained religious content, including … More »

FFRF reminds Tenn. principal of law (July 10, 2015)

7/10/2015 · The principal of Little Milligan Elementary School in Butler, Tenn., has been reprimanded by the Carter County School District for frequently leading students in prayer and reportedly asking them each Monday if they had been to church. FFRF was contacted by a concerned parent. The … More »

FFRF stops prayer at graduation (July 9, 2015)

7/9/2015 · Summit Leadership Academy-High Desert’s graduation ceremony will not include prayer or other religious sentiments in the future. The Hesperia, Calif., school’s 2015 graduation had included both a prayer and religious remarks from the commencement speaker. After Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote to the district, the … More »

School-sponsored prayer ends (July 9, 2015)

7/9/2015 · Green Local Schools, Green, Ohio, has instructed administrative staff that prayers will not be permitted at future school-sponsored events. An honors banquet, spring banquet and the senior awards night at Green High School had all included prayer. "It is unlawful for any school-sponsored event to … More »

FFRF letter downs cross collection (July 2, 2015)

7/2/2015 · Gregg County Clerk Connie Wade, Longview, Texas, removed a collection of more than 20 crosses from her county office after getting a July 2 letter from FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert. A local resident alerted FFRF to the violation. County Judge Bill Stoudt told … More »

Junior ROTC balls to end prayer (June 29, 2015)

6/29/2015 · Bethel High School’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps in Bethel, Conn., has taken several steps to keep religion out of its instruction. A concerned student reported to FFRF that a mandatory military ball included prayers said “in the name of Jesus.” Students were … More »

Driving video ‘infested’ with religion (June 26, 2015)

6/26/2015 · Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns, Fla., will stop illegal athletic prayer and will no longer show a religious video to students. A student reported to FFRF that the school’s football coach was participating in student-led prayers and that the school had shown … More »

FFRF breaks up church-city event (June 24, 2015)

6/24/2015 · FFRF’s complaint letter made the city of Casselberry, Fla., cancel a planned partnership with an evangelical Christian church. Camp Casselberry, a city-run youth program, was scheduled to partner with Church Together for “Friday Fun Day” at a park June 26. Pastor Andy Searles and … More »

New Jersey schools ends sponsorship of baccalaureate (June 23, 2015)

6/23/2015 · Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District in New Jersey is taking steps to end its sponsorship of an annual baccalaureate ceremony after it received a June 23 letter from Staff Attorney Madeline Ziegler. Woodstown High School co-sponsored a baccalaureate with Sharptown United Methodist Church which was … More »

Teacher’s bible quotes erased in class (June 18, 2015)

6/18/2015 · Pender County Schools in North Carolina will put a stop to the classroom display of bible quotes. A Topsail Middle School teacher in Hampstead wrote bible quotes on a dry-erase board in his classroom, in full view of his students, and changed the quotes … More »

Calif. schools agree complaints valid (June 16, 2015)

6/16/2015 · Two California school districts have promised to take steps to ensure teachers will not use district resources to promote religious events after getting letters from FFRF.A teacher at Modesto City Schools’ Downey High School used his district email address to coordinate and advertise the … More »

Christian film nixed at middle school (June 15, 2015)

6/15/2015 · Nevada’s Clark County School District will update its teacher handbook and reinstruct teachers not to promote their own sectarian beliefs to students. On May 21, a teacher at Victoria Fertitta Middle School in Las Vegas played the Christian movie “Amazing 3D Adventures: The P.U.S.H.” … More »

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