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FFRF sues Walker administration for open records violation

12/18/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit Dec. 17, 2014 in Dane County Circuit Court, Wis., charging that Wisconsin open records law was violated by Theodore Nickel, state Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and Commissioner. In addition to FFRF, Staff Attorney Patrick … More »

FFRF sues over government nativity in Franklin Co., Ind.

12/17/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit on December 16, 2014 against Franklin County, Ind., which annually places a prominent nativity display in front of the Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville. The devotional tableau is erected shortly after Thanksgiving and stays up … More »

FFRF sues over school board prayer in Chino Valley, Calif.

12/16/2014 · On November 13, 2014, FFRF filed a lawsuit in the Central District of California, Eastern Division, against the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education, whose meetings “resemble a church service more than a school board meeting.” There was such an outpouring of … More »

FFRF stops prayer in Hawaii middle school reading program (Oct. 31, 2014)

10/31/2014 · Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School in Honolulu will no longer allow a partner organization to pray with students after the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent them a letter. The school holds “Family Reading for Success” events regularly. An attendee informed FFRF that a recent meeting … More »

FFRF cancels religious assembly in Texas school (Oct. 29, 2014)

10/29/2014 · Administrators at Azle (Texas) Independent School District cancelled a ministry-affiliated assembly scheduled for Oct. 29, after being contacted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The assembly was to be put on by a group, Seven at Schools, which is affiliated with the religious ministry … More »

FFRF removes Good News Club links from school website (Oct. 29, 2014)

10/29/2014 · Greater Albany Public Schools in Oregon will no longer give preferential treatment to the Good News Club over other after-school groups, thanks to a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The district partners with community organizations for early release day programs, including a community … More »

FFRF ends football team chaplain’s tenure at Ohio high school (Oct. 23, 2014)

10/23/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has ensured that adults will no longer participate in student religious activities at Bath High School in Lima, Ohio. FFRF Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert wrote to Bath Local Schools on Oct. 16 after a local complainant forwarded a media profile … More »

FFRF complaint removes religious posters from Iowa police department (Oct. 21, 2014)

10/21/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint Oct. 7 to the Manchester Police Department (Iowa), prompting the department to remove a religious poster prominently displayed in its lobby. The poster began, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart … More »

FFRF ends coach prayer at Del. high school (Oct. 17, 2014)

10/17/2014 · Football coaches at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Del., will no longer lead their players in prayer or participate in students’ prayers, after receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote to the Cape Henlopen School District … More »

FFRF ensures Civil Rights Act compliance at Mizzou (Oct. 17, 2014)

10/17/2014 · The University of Missouri agreed that a church bulletin discount offered as part of a volleyball ticket promotion was inappropriate, after receiving an Oct. 16 letter of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A university employee informed FFRF that the University of Missouri volleyball … More »

FFRF discontinues religious yearbooks in Ohio elementary school (Oct. 14, 2014)

10/14/2014 · Gallia County Local Schools (Ohio) will no longer endorse religion on the cover of its yearbooks, after a protest by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The PTO of Addaville Elementary School printed and distributed yearbooks for students with a large cross bearing the word “BELIEVE” … More »

FFRF erases bible quotes from Mo. school’s whiteboard (Oct. 10, 2014)

10/10/2014 · After a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Clinton County School District (Mo.) erased bible quotes from a school administrator’s whiteboard at a district middle school. In a letter of complaint sent Oct. 8, FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott informed the district, “Courts … More »

FFRF ends Va. county’s involvement with Joel Osteen trip (Oct. 9, 2014)

10/9/2014 · Botetourt County, Va., ceased sponsorship and promotion of a trip to a Joel Osteen Ministries event in North Carolina, after receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott contacted the county Sept. 26 after learning it was helping to … More »

Superintendent’s promotion of ‘See You at the Pole’ event protested (October 1, 2014)

10/1/2014 · A superintendent in Toledo, Ohio, who utilized the social media site Twitter to promote a religious 2014 “See You at the Pole” event will no longer be permitted to do so. A complainant contacted FFRF saying that the superintendent posted a message to his Twitter … More »

Pre-game prayers promptly ended (September 29, 2014)

9/29/2014 · Aberdeen Central High School in Aberdeen, S.D., will no longer permit its coaching staff to engage in pre-game prayers before football games. After a complaint was filed with FFRF, Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott sent a letter on Sept. 24 to inform Aberdeen School District that … More »

Football coaches doff religious T-shirts (September 29, 2014)

9/29/2014 · Akron Public Schools in Akron, Ohio, has stopped football coaches from wearing religious T-shirts once again. In 2013, FFRF filed a complaint with the district after Buchtel Community Learning Center athletic personnel and faculty wore T-shirts stating “God Rules Buchtel Athletics” and “Jesus Is … More »

Texas University stops inviting employees to worship services (September 24, 2014)

9/24/2014 · The Office of Public Affairs at University of Texas Health Northeast in Tyler, Texas, has stopped sending system-wide email invitations to employees to participate in bible study events at the Hurst Chapel after receiving a letter from FFRF. A concerned employee contacted FFRF to report … More »

Prayer at school board meeting nixed in Pennsylvania (September 24, 2014)

9/24/2014 · A school board of directors in Mercersburg, Penn., will no longer conduct prayer at meetings, thanks to a complaint sent by FFRF. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell sent the letter on Sept. 8, informing the board members that praying before meetings is divisive and … More »

Proselytizing history teacher muzzled at Texas high school (September 22, 2014)

9/22/2014 · Arlington Independent School District in Arlington, Texas, will no longer allow a teacher to proselytize students after a complaint was filed by FFRF. A concerned parent of a student at James Martin High reported that a teacher, who is also a local pastor, used valuable … More »

Applicants don’t need to “believe in god” to become notary (September 16, 2014)

9/16/2014 · The N.C. Notary Public Education Program in Raleigh, N.C., will no longer allow an instructor to misinform students. A student who took a notary public course contacted FFRF to report that an instructor repeatedly told students they “must believe in god to be a … More »

Religious tracts nixed in Texas history class (September 15, 2014)

9/15/2014 · Valley View Independent School District in Valley View, Texas, will no longer allow a Middle School teacher to give students religious handouts. A history teacher distributed tracts to his students after teaching them about the Declaration of Independence. The tract was published by the NCCS … More »

Religious coercion by coach ended (September 12, 2014)

9/12/2014 · Eustis High School in Eustis Fla., will no longer permit a football coach to require prayer before team meals in the school’s cafeteria. FFRF received a complaint that the coach would often call upon players at random to offer prayers before the entire team. … More »

FFRF assures religious signs only permitted during rental hours (September 11, 2014)

9/11/2014 · Elk Grove Unified School District in Elk Grove, Calif., took down signs promoting a local church after a complaint was filed by FFRF. Signs reading “” with pictures of a Latin cross enclosed in a lightbulb, were posted at Harriet Eddy Middle School. At least … More »

Illegal prayer (finally) ended at high school graduation (May 28, 2014)

9/8/2014 · Alexander High School in Alexander N.Y., will no longer conduct illegal prayer during graduation ceremonies. FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert sent a letter on June 24, 2013, about an invocation listed as part of a recent graduation ceremony’s scheduled events. “The Supreme Court has settled … More »

Mandatory school meetings are not church services (September 3, 2014)

9/5/2014 · Dawson County School District in Gainesville, Ga., will no longer hold meetings for teachers in churches or force them to listen to prayers and sermons. A complainant reported to FFRF that the district held a mandatory staff meeting on Aug. 4 at the First Baptist … More »

Senior center halts employee-led prayer (September 3, 2014)

9/3/2014 · Employees at a senior center in New Mexico will not lead prayers before federally-funded meals. FFRF was informed that staff recited a prayer before meals at the Eagle Nest Senior Center, and that participates were asked to join hands. The prayers were sectarian and began … More »

Prayer at football games ended (September 3, 2014)

9/3/2014 · Wise County Public Schools in Wise, Va., will no longer allow school-sponsored prayer before football games. The prayer was delivered before each home game over the loudspeaker by a member of the clergy. On Sept. 18, FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott sent a letter to … More »

Jesus portrait removed from high school locker room (August 21, 2014)

8/21/2014 · Religious iconography will no longer adorn the locker room of North Canton Memorial Stadium Complex in Canton, Ohio. A concerned student contacted FFRF to report that a portrait of Jesus appeared near the door leading to the football stadium. On July 3, FFRF Senior Staff … More »

Bibles verses displayed at Post Office removed (August 19, 2014)

8/19/2014 · A post office in Richmond, Calif., removed bible verses posted at every employee time clock. A concerned employee contacted FFRF that a sign quoting 1 Peter 4:15 (“But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a ‘busybody’ in … More »

Teacher-led prayer stopped at elementary school banquet (August 12, 2014)

8/12/2014 · After a complaint by FFRF, Sandy Run K-8 School staff in Swansea S.C., will no longer lead prayer at academic banquets. FFRF learned that a school staff member led both students and staff in a Christian prayer at a June 2 banquet. FFRF Staff Attorney … More »

Cross not needed for public safety (August 11, 2014)

8/11/2014 · The Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin removed a cross on the first floor conference room wall of the Highway Patrol Headquarters, after a concerned employee filed a complaint with FFRF. This location is where most regular meetings take place. FFRF Staff Attorney Sam … More »

High School chorus will no longer perform at church (August 11, 2014)

8/11/2014 · Broome High School students in Glendale, SC., will no longer perform in churches, thanks to action by FFRF. A concerned member of the community informed FFRF that on May 11 the school chorus sang at the First Baptist Church of Cowpens during the church’s morning … More »

Teacher-led religious club disbanded (August 5, 2014)

8/5/2014 · Hawkins Middle School in Hawkins, Texas, will no longer permit a teacher to organize and promote a “Feed and Seed” club. A concerned parent contacted FFRF, reporting that a teacher ran the club during lunch period. The teacher read from the bible and invited … More »

Illegal bible distribution stopped at elementary school (August 3, 2014)

8/3/2014 · An elementary school in Kansas will no longer allow Gideon Society to proselytize and hand out bibles to students. FFRF was informed that on May 16, a fifth-grade teacher at USD 306 allowed representatives from Gideon’s International to speak and distribute bibles in his … More »

FFRF Member Sues Warren, Mich., After Censorship

7/24/2014 · FFRF member Douglas Marshall is suing the City of Warren, Mich., after his request to install a “reason station” in the atrium of City Hall was rejected. The City allows a local church group to run a prayer station in which volunteers distribute religious pamphlets, … More »

Miami Beach removes Jewish eruv from park (July 24, 2014)

7/24/2014 · Miami Beach Park in Miami, Fla., will no longer permit religious eruvin to be erected over public property, after a complaint was filed by FFRF. An eruv is “an urban area enclosed by a wire boundary that symbolically extends the private domain of Jewish households … More »

Bible distribution disallowed in elementary school (July 21, 2014)

7/21/2014 · A South Carolina school district has agreed to stop allowing the distribution of bibles on school property following a July 3 letter from FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott to Anderson School District One Superintendent David Havird. FFRF’s complainant reported that a man told students they … More »

FFRF in no mood for religious discrimination (July 18, 2014)

7/18/2014 · Moody Air Force Base (AFB) Ga., has removed a requirement that only Catholics need apply for a position as music director. The Freedom From Religion Foundation was alerted to the July 15 job advertisement, which requested a “Catholic Music Director to provide worship services at … More »

FFRF saved band camp from Jesus (July 18, 2014)

7/18/2014 · Lakeshore Public Schools in Stevensville, Mich. has assured that its summer marching band camp will no longer engage students in staff-led prayer, display religious iconography, or distribute religious messages of any kind. The camp, a requirement to participate in the Lakeshore High School marching … More »

FFRF ends prayer at middle school banquet (July 17, 2014)

7/17/2014 · There will no longer be teacher-led prayer, or any prayer for that matter, at the end of year banquet for Sarah Scott Middle School students in Terre Haute, Ind. A concerned family member of a student contacted FFRF with information that, in keeping with ceremonies … More »

FFRF ends school sponsored baccalaureate in South Dakota (July 17, 2014)

7/17/2014 · Freeman High School in Freeman S.D., will no longer organize or sponsor an annual baccalaureate ceremony for graduating seniors. FFRF received a complaint that on May 14 a religious ceremony took place in which attendance was mandatory for all seniors and members of the … More »

FFRF brings Satan to Navy-run hospital (July 15, 2014)

7/15/2014 · Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) and associated clinics in Bremerton, Wash., will no longer block minority religious webpages. Their Internet filtering policy, which is managed by the Enterprise Services Operations Center (ESOC) for the Bureau of Medicine (BUMED), formerly disallowed the webpages of non-monotheistic religions.  A … More »

FFRF scrapes plaque off of public school entrance (July 14, 2014)

7/14/2014 · Midlothian Independent School District in Midlothian, Texas, will no longer display a religious dedication plaque at Mt. Peak Elementary. The two by three foot plaque next to the front entrance of the school included two Latin crosses and read: “Dedicated in the year of … More »

Graduation prayer ended at Georgia school (July 13, 2014)

7/13/2014 · Graduation ceremonies in Forsyth County School District in Cummings, Ga., will no longer include religious prayer. On May 24, Forsyth Central High School’s graduation reportedly included a student-delivered invocation and benediction, both of which specifically mentioned God and Jesus. FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote Superintendent … More »

No more religious rituals at school-sponsored events (July 11, 2014)

7/11/2014 · Rockwall Independent School District in Rockwall, Texas, will no longer permit prayer at any school-sponsored events, thanks to a Freedom From Religion Foundation letter of complaint. According to the report of a concerned citizen, Rockwall High School’s June 10 graduation at the Curtis Culwell … More »

FFRF chews out County over prayer breakfast (July 10, 2014)

7/10/2014 · Putnam County in Carmel, N.Y., will no longer use county e-mail to promote prayer breakfasts. The unlawful e-mail, sent by the director of personnel in the fall of 2013, invited county personnel to attend the 22nd Annual Putnam County Leadership Prayer Breakfast. The e-mail also … More »

Good sign! Church advertisements removed from school property (July 9, 2014)

7/9/2014 · Church signs have been removed from school property in Castle Rock, Colo., and will no longer be displayed. A concerned individual alerted the Freedom From Religion Foundation to the unconstitutional advertisements in front of Castle Rock Middle School and Castle View High School. The signs … More »

Anti-drug assembly to be vetted for religious content (July 9, 2014)

7/9/2014 · A high school in Jacksboro, Tenn., will vet future assemblies to ensure no inappropriate religious programming, after being contacted by an attorney from the Freedom From Religion Foundation about a problem at a March school assembly. According to a student in the district, Campbell … More »

Religious proselytization in Miss. school quashed (July 8, 2014)

7/8/2014 · Faculty members of Lamar County School District in Miss., will no longer be permitted to proselytize to students. A concerned student of Sumrall Middle School contacted FFRF regarding proselytizing by faculty in April. Complaints were about a teacher who spoke on “why our country needs … More »

Mormon video no longer allowed in public school anti-bullying assemblies (July 7, 2014)

7/7/2014 · Kuna School District in Kuna, Ida., addressed the constitutional concerns of FFRF about a religious video at an assembly. A complainant informed FFRF that Kuna Middle School held an anti-bullying assembly in May. A video, “Bullying — Stop It,” produced by the media channel of … More »

FFRF speaks loud to end prayers at athletic events (July 2, 2014)

7/2/2014 · Thanks to FFRF’s intervention, prayer will no longer occur at Piedmont High School athletic events in West Piedmont, Ala. Previously, it was the practice for a Christian prayer to be delivered over the school’s public speaker system before football games. A graduate and Piedmont athletics … More »

Cross removed from Washington public park (July 2, 2014)

7/2/2014 · FFRF has secured the removal of religious symbols from a public park in Clark County, Wash. In Whipple Creek Regional Park, a Latin cross with a bible verse was installed at the top of Carousel Hill. The plaque read, “Trust in the Lord with all … More »

FFRF intercedes to remove religious Facebook posts (July 2, 2014)

7/2/2014 · Jacksonville Police Department in Jacksonville, Ala., has removed and will no longer display religious postings on its official Facebook page. The Jackson Police Department posts included a picture reading “Happy Birthday Jesus” with an image of a nativity, a number of bible verses, a … More »

School promotion of baccalaureate service ended (June 25, 2014)

6/25/2014 · Columbian High School in Tiffin, Ohio, will no longer actively promote a baccalaureate service for its seniors. The June 7 baccalaureate event occurred at the Trinity United Church of Christ, which coordinated the event with school faculty, including the principal, his secretary and the choir … More »

Religious recruiters banned from middle school after multiple complaints (June 23, 2014)

6/23/2014 · After a series of complaints by parents and students spanning over a decade, Bainbridge Island School District in Bainbridge Island, Wash., will no longer allow youth pastors access to impressionable students during school hours. Several concerned parents and students reported to FFRF … More »

FFRF halts public school prayers to Christian and Native American deities (June 23, 2014)

6/23/2014 · Ignacio School District in Ignacio, Colo., will no longer feature prayers at certain ceremonies held throughout the academic year. A complainant reported to FFRF that the District included prayers before graduation, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas ceremonies. It was also reported that two prayers are … More »

FFRF thwarts religious assembly in public high school (June 18, 2014)

6/18/2014 · Onaway Area Community School District in Onaway, Mich., will no longer invite speakers with a proselytizing agenda. Matt Fradd — who describes himself on his website as “a Catholic apologist and speaker” — was invited to give a presentation to Onaway High School students on … More »

Football team’s pre-game proselytization hamstrung (June 17, 2014)

6/17/2014 · Illegal prayer at football pre-game team meals has been halted at Alexander High School in Douglasville, Ga. According to reports by a concerned individual, the varsity football team had been supplied pre-game meals by Pray’s Mill Baptist Church. Not only was a pastor of the … More »

Illegal graduation “invocations” impeded (June 17, 2014)

6/17/2014 · Thanks to FFRF intervention, future graduations at Bremen City High School in Bremen, Ga., will not include prayer. So too, a religious photo of prayer has been removed from the Bremen City Schools Facebook page. On May 24, Bremen City High School’s graduation ceremony included … More »

FFRF saves township website from unconstitutional bible quote (June 16, 2014)

6/16/2014 · Inappropriate religious material, brought to the FFRF’s attention by a concerned individual, has been removed from the official website of the township of Watersmeet, Mich. The bible quote, accredited to Mr. Jesus Christ, which we will politely refrain from quoting again here, endorsed a belief … More »

FFRF secures removal of religious advertisement from public property (June 13, 2014)

6/13/2014 · An advertisement for Vacation Bible School in front of the Caraway Public Library in Caraway, Ark., has been removed. The sign, an electronic, scrolling text marquee, promoted a bible program for children at a local church. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliot wrote to Mayor Barry … More »

Religious handouts in Wash. School nixed (June 12, 2014)

6/12/2014 · Michael T. Simmons Elementary School in Tumwater, Wash., will no longer allow religious materials to be handed out. Children were pulled out of class to attend a mandatory school assembly led by former NFL player Shawn Harper, who at the conclusion handed out cards to … More »

Kindergarten graduation relocated to secular setting (June 11, 2014)

6/11/2014 · Due to FFRF’s intervention, Manierre Elementary School in Chicago, Ill., relocated its kindergarten graduation from a church sanctuary to its banquet hall. On June 10, FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover, acting on reports from a concerned community member that the ceremony was to be hosted … More »

Cross removed from science classroom at middle school (June 10, 2014)

6/10/2014 · Simmons Middle School in Birmingham, Ala., removed artwork depicting a Christian cross displayed outside a science classroom after receiving a complaint from FFRF. A district family contacted FFRF, noting that the painting of the cross was next to a wall with motivational posters, not … More »

Teacher to nonreligious student: “Do you always do what your parents tell you to do?” (June 10, 2014)

6/10/2014 · Lewis Public Schools USD in Lewis, Kansas, will not allow the Gideon Society to distribute materials during the school day or facilitate such distributions. A complainant contacted FFRF after a fifth-grade teacher directed her students to cross the street unescorted to receive a bible during … More »

No more pre-game prayer led by football coach (June 9, 2014)

6/9/2014 · Olive Branch High School in Hernando, Miss., will no longer permit its football coach to organize Christian pre-game prayers with his players, thanks to a complaint by FFRF. Staff Attorney Sam Grover sent a letter May 15 as a follow up to a 2011 … More »

Church bulletin discount rescinded at Subway locations (May 23, 2014)

5/23/2014 · Four Subway Restaurant locations will no longer offer a discount to customers who presented a bulletin from local churches in Escanaba, Mich. FFRF received information that this 20% discount was offered as an advertisement in the Gladstone Memorial United Methodist Church newsletter. FFRF Staff Attorney … More »

FFRF reminds middle school that proselytizing is unacceptable (May 22, 2014)

5/22/2014 · Howe Independent School District in Howe, Texas, took action to assure that the Dallas Baptist Rec Team would not proselytize during an annual Field Day event that was for all 5th through 8th grade students at the school. A concerned parent contacted FFRF that … More »

Austin agrees cross at substation inappropriate (May 16, 2014)

5/16/2014 · A customer service desk in the Austin Municipal Court north substation will no longer display a cross. FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert sent a letter March 6 to the presiding judge, explaining that the Latin cross is indisputably a religious symbol and therefore … More »

Bible quotes halted in school daily announcements (May 15, 2014)

5/15/2014 · Cutter Morning Star High School in Hot Springs, Ark., will no longer include religious quotes and references in the school’s daily announcements. A parent reported to FFRF that the emailed announcements sent by a school employee often included quotes from the bible such as, … More »

Graduation ceremony in church relocated (May 15, 2014)

5/15/2014 · Graduation ceremonies in Perry Local School District, Massillon, Ohio, will no longer be held at the Faith Family Church. From now on, students wishing to participate in one of life’s most momentous occasions will not be excluded from doing so. FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca … More »

FFRF ends high school coordination of baccalaureate service (May 13, 2014)

5/13/2014 · George Washington High School in Charleston W. Va., will no longer aid in coordinating and financing a baccalaureate service for graduating seniors. FFRF was contacted by a concerned student after the school sent two mailings to graduating seniors describing the service as a “worship experience.” … More »

Marlington High School finds secular venue for graduation (May 8, 2014)

5/8/2014 · Marlington High School in Alliance, Ohio, will no longer hold graduation in church venues starting in 2015. The Freedom From Religion Foundation received a complaint that the school was scheduled to hold its commencement ceremony at Chapel in Marlboro on June 1, 2014. FFRF Senior … More »

School scratches Mormon museum field trip (May 6, 2014)

5/6/2014 · When Westvale Elementary School, West Jordan, Utah, sent permission slips home April 24 for a fourth-grade field trip to the Church History Museum, which is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, some parents parents were immediately wary. West Jordan is … More »

Public school teacher proselytization stopped (May 6, 2014)

5/6/2014 · A public high school teacher will no longer exhort students to attend church in Fargo, N.D. A local complainant reported to FFRF that a teacher told students that there is a “meaning behind Easter” and that, “You all should go to church.” Staff Attorney Patrick … More »

FFRF halts teacher from showing “The Bible” in class (April 28, 2014)

4/28/2014 · Atlanta High School in Atlanta, Texas, will no longer allow episodes from the series “The Bible” to be played during class. A concerned student reported that an economics teacher aired episode six of the series, which depicts the “virgin” birth of Jesus, Jesus’ Baptism by … More »

FFRF ensures prayer is not a part of Middletown High School football (April 25, 2014)

4/25/2014 · A high school in Middletown, Ohio, will no longer allow Coaches to lead athletes in prayers. According to a local complanant, the varsity football coach would provide food for players after practice, then tell students to bow their heads so the coach could lead … More »

FFRF removes “Smile! God loves you” from post office grounds (April 25, 2014)

4/25/2014 · A post office in Cleveland, Ohio will no longer display a “Smile! God Loves You” sticker after a local complainant contacted FFRF. FFRF learned that a placard was taped near the service counter in view of customers. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell sent a letter … More »

Prep School adopts religion-free event policy (April 23, 2014)

4/23/2014 · Tempe Preparatory Academy, a public charter school near Phoenix, Ariz., has adopted new policies to crack down on two separate state/church violations brought to its attention by FFRF. Religious Iconography at School Events FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent a letter to Temp Prep in May … More »

Wrestling team will no longer wear bible quote T-shirts (April 21, 2014)

4/21/2014 · A wrestling team in Parkersburg, W. Va., will no longer endorse the longtime motto, “Phillippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” The motto was adopted at least 10 years agoand had appeared on the wrestling team’s webpage, on the … More »

FFRF stops Georgia coach from leading students in prayer (April 19, 2014)

4/19/2014 · FFRF stops Georgia coach from leading students in prayer (April 19, 2014) A coach at Thomas County Central High School in Thomasville Ga., will no longer lead a football team in prayer before practice. The coach’s involvement was confirmed by a news story in the … More »

FFRF halts inappropriate Thanksgiving program; religious icons, bibles removed from elementary school (April 15, 2014)

4/15/2014 · Oakwood Elementary School in Peoria, Ariz., will no longer allow religious icons, bibles and proselytizing “gifts.” This is not the first violation from Peoria School District that FFRF has acted on. FFRF was informed that a kindergarten teacher has been abusing her position to pressure … More »

FFRF stops bible distribution in elementary school (April 9, 2014)

4/9/2014 · After a concerned parent contacted FFRF, Lincoln Elementary School in Pryor, Okla., will no longer allow the evangelical Christian group Gideons International to distribute bibles to grade school students. According to the complainant, teachers took fifth grade classes to the cafeteria where Gideon representatives sat … More »

Canton Schools agree to find a secular site for graduation (April 8, 2014)

4/8/2014 · Canton Local School District in Canton Ohio, will no longer hold graduation in church venues from 2015 onward. FFRF was informed that Canton South High School has a tradition of holding its graduation ceremonies and plans to hold this year’s ceremony at Canton Baptist … More »

Northwest High School, finds secular venue for graduation (April 8, 2014)

4/8/2014 · Northwest High School in Canal Fulton, Ohio, will no longer hold graduation in church venues starting in 2015. The Freedom From Religion Foundation received a complaint that the school plans to hold its commencement ceremony at Akron Baptist Temple on May 24, 2014. FFRF Senior … More »

FFRF assists another nonbeliever toward naturalization (March 20, 2014)

3/31/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation assisted a non believing applicant to become a U.S. citizen after she encountered a religious test for a citizen oath. Adriana Ramirez, an applicant for naturalization, was recently denied citizenship because her moral unwillingness to bear arms is not based … More »

FFRF stops religious promotion in student handbook (March 26, 2014)

3/26/2014 · Poplarville School District in Poplarville, Miss., will no longer use religious rhetoric in its student handbooks. FFRF received a complaint that the “Strategic Plan” section of the 2013-14 District student handbook states that one of the District’s beliefs is “[a] relationship with God is … More »

FFRF stops assistant principal from proselytizing (March 24, 2014)

3/24/2014 · An assistant principal at Andalusia Middle School in Andalusia, Ala., will no longer be allowed to “witness” to students. FFRF received a complaint that the assistant principal regularly proselytized students in his office. He used a social networking site to advertise the message that the … More »

FFRF ensures football coaches keep stop baptizing students; coach resigns (March 17, 2014)

3/17/2014 · FFRF has halted a pious coach’s practice of proselytizing students in Spokane, Wash. According to the complainant, Rogers High School head football coach Matt Miethe and other coaches had not only been baptizing players at Pentecostal churches, but the assistant coach was leading the … More »

FFRF stops Christian film from airing in public school (March 14, 2014)

3/14/2014 · A school in New York will no longer show the Christian film, “How to Save a Life,” in a sophomore health class. FFRF received the complaint from a parent of a high school student at Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District, DeWitt, N.Y. FFRF Senior Staff Attorney … More »

District “Keep Calm and Pray On” shirts and assembly crossed the line (March 14, 2014)

3/14/2014 · E.C. Reems School of Technology and Arts in Oakland, Calif., has concluded an investigation into a religious assembly and now agrees it was “inappropriate.” A complainant contacted FFRF with information regarding a religious assembly which included kindergarteners as young as four. The assembly was intended … More »

School resumes teaching science not religion in the classroom (March 13, 2014)

3/13/2014 · Eureka Union School District in Granite Bay, Calif., will no longer permit a teacher to ‘teach the controversy” about evolution during science class. According to a complainant, a teacher at Ridgeview Elementary School routinely taught creationism and intelligent design during science instruction. The teacher claimed … More »

FFRF assures Gideon-free school zone in Tennessee (February 21, 2014)

2/21/2014 · A complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation ensures bibles will no longer be distributed by the Gideon International in a Tennessee high school. A concerned parent informed FFRF that the Gideons were allowed to distribute bibles in Madisonville Intermediate School. A parent reported that … More »

Religious poster becomes picture thing of the past (February 21, 2014)

2/21/2014 · FFRF was informed that a classroom in Bernard Campbell Middle School in Lee’s Summit Mo., displayed a religious poster prominently on the wall facing the students. The poster read, “Blessed are the people who know the joyful Sound! They walk, O Lord, in the … More »

FFRF prevents nativity scene from returning to school cafeteria (February 28, 2014)

2/18/2014 · A public school in Fertile, Minn., will no longer place a nativity scene in the cafeteria, as it did last December. According to local news sources, the display was temporarily removed, then put back up following a vote of the school board late last … More »

Good News Club permission slips no longer handled by teacher (January 28, 2014)

1/28/2014 · FFRF was informed that an elementary school secretary in Sanford, Fla., will no longer be collecting or coordinating Good News Club permission slips after a complaint was sent on Jan. 24. Child Evangelism Fellowship of Central Florida had distributed registration forms to Geneva Elementary School … More »

“All Pro Dad” meetings no longer advertised in public school flyer (January 28, 2014)

1/28/2014 · FFRF stopped a White Bluffs Elementary School in Washington from promoting prayer and worship in school flyers. Meetings in the school by All Pro Dad, a private organization which focuses on religious programming, were advertised in a flyer sent home in children’s backpacks that … More »

Student sitting down for the pledge (January 25, 2014)

1/25/2014 · A student at Southwest Middle School in Orange County Fla., will no longer be coerced into reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. After refusing to stand for the pledge, the student was taken aside by a teacher and told by the school’s attendance dean to stand … More »

FFRF remove religious symbols in elementary classroom (January 14, 2014)

1/14/2014 · FFRF was informed that a classroom in Southside Elementary School in Pulaski, Tenn., displayed numerous prominent images of Jesus and crosses. FFRF sent a letter on Dec. 17 to Giles County Superintendent Timothy Webb explaining that teachers may not promote religion in the secular … More »

Illegal poster removed from Texas classroom (January 9, 2014)

1/9/2014 · A teacher in Rusk, Texas, will no longer be displaying religious iconography after FFRF was contacted by a concerned parent of a Rusk High School student. The poster read, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God the … More »

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