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School back off baccalaureates (April 28, 2015)

7/16/2015 · Fruita, Colo., Monument High School instituted a new policy on baccalaureates after getting a Jan. 28 letter from FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel. FFRF learned the school previously held a baccalaureate, organized by administrators and other staff, in the gym. At the 2014 ceremony, … More »

Baccalaureate stops (May 19, 2015)

7/16/2015 · Olentangy Local School District in Lewis Center, Ohio, distanced itself from a baccalaureate ceremony after getting a May 13 complaint letter from Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert. An email invitation about the ceremony was sent to parents from an email address typically used to … More »

School moves testing from First Baptist (May 1, 2015)

7/16/2015 · Kindergarten testing in Portage, Mich., will no longer take place in church. Previously, Woodland Elementary School held its mandatory screening at First Baptist Church, where religious pamphlets were reportedly distributed to students and parents. Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert wrote in an April 1 complaint … More »

Utah school board stops Mormon prayer (May 8, 2015)

7/16/2015 · The Alpine School District Board of Education, American Fork, Utah, no longer starts meetings with a Mormon prayer. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote to the district Jan. 13 to object to the illegal prayer. Courts have consistently ruled “It is beyond the scope of … More »

Connection cut to Loaves & Fishes (May 14, 2015)

7/16/2015 · Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, Texas, will no longer direct its charitable efforts toward a religious group. FFRF received word that teachers solicited students during class time to donate to Mobile Loaves & Fishes — Miracles on Wheels and offered a party … More »

Dogmatic ‘Courageous’ off school screen (February 13, 2015)

7/16/2015 · Students at Willow Glen High School, San Jose, Calif., will not be subjected to future screenings of the Christian movie “Courageous.” A math and science teacher showed the movie to students, boasting on social media that his students “are hearing the Gospel as direct as … More »

Prayer before lunch is reined in (May 26, 2015)

7/16/2015 · The Lancaster County (S.C.) School District is taking steps to ensure an Indian Land Elementary teacher will no longer force her students to give prayers in class. FFRF learned that teacher Kathryn Watkins reportedly selected students at random to lead a prayer before lunch, … More »

No more breaks on rent for churches (May 27, 2015)

7/16/2015 · “Mobile churches” that set up shop at the Sahuarita Unified School District in Arizona will now be charged full rent. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent a letter April 30, outlining allegations that several churches were far exceeding the scope of their contracts, using more … More »

FFRF rains on Day of Prayer planning (May 7, 2015)

5/7/2015 · Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission employees will no longer be allowed to plan a National Day of Prayer event on government time using the public dime. FFRF received a report that the employees plan an annual gathering held offsite during work hours. Planners reportedly advertised their … More »

Texas teacher admits ‘planting a seed’ (May 1, 2015)

5/1/2015 · San Angelo Independent School District in Texas is taking steps to ensure a teacher who bragged about praying with students will follow the law in the future. Central High School teacher Julie Upton Schniers wrote on Facebook that she was “a teacher who prays … More »

FFRF gets sexist posters removed (April 30, 2015)

4/30/2015 · Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, Wis., took down sexist prom posters sponsored by a Catholic health care provider and a “crisis” pregnancy center after FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover sent an April 29 complaint letter. The poster featured a silhouette of a girl in a … More »

FFRF reins in Georgia baccalaureate (April 30, 2015)

4/30/2015 · Mount Zion High School in Carrollton, Ga., will have no further involvement in a baccalaureate ceremony. FFRF Attorney Madeline Ziegler lodged a complaint with the district April 28 about a teacher in charge of planning the baccalaureate, a religious ceremony for graduates to be … More »

Student screening moved from church (April 29, 2015)

4/29/2015 · The Tea Area School District, Tea, S.D., will end its practice of holding a mandatory kindergarten screening at a local church. In an April 9 letter of complaint, Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott wrote, “This practice forces parents and children, who may be of varying … More »

Florida council nixes godly motto (April 28, 2015)

4/28/2015 · After protests by local activists and a letter from FFRF, the Venice, Fla., City Council voted 5-2 on April 28 against displaying "In God We Trust" in its chambers. David Williamson, head of the Central Florida Freethought Community, a chapter of FFRF, spoke at the … More »

FFRF, Dawkins group expel creationism (April 22, 2015)

4/22/2015 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science were successful in getting a science teacher in Arroyo Grande, Calif., to stop teaching creationism. The groups sent a letter that sparked an investigation by the Lucia Mar Unified School … More »

FFRF weighs in on California prayer case (April 22, 2015)

4/22/2015 · FFRF filed an amicus brief April 22 in a case over government-sponsored prayer in Eureka, Calif. In Beaton v. Eureka, city resident and atheist Carole Beaton filed suit over prayers that start city council meetings. FFRF's "friend of the court" brief supports Beaton's position … More »

Vet center religious sign removed (April 22, 2015)

4/22/2015 · Louis A. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center, Clarksburg, W.Va., has taken down a religious sign. A veteran contacted FFRF to report that while at the center to have his photo taken for an ID card, he encountered a sign saying each day was “a … More »

Teacher told no more class prayer (April 20, 2015)

4/20/2015 · Dawson County School District in Georgia took corrective measures about a teacher planning prayer at a class Christmas party. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote an April 8 letter after a complainant reported that a first-grade teacher at Robinson Elementary in Dawsonville told students and … More »

FFRF takes down religious signs at Ill. school district (April 17, 2015)

4/17/2015 · St. Elmo Junior & Senior High School removed religious signs from its property, after the Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted the St. Elmo Central Unified School District in Illinois. FFRF learned the school had four signs posted on the school’s fence alongside a road reading … More »

Praying Iowa coach told to stop (April 16, 2015)

4/16/2015 · Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott wrote the Ankeny, Iowa, Community School District on Feb. 11 about a football coach illegally praying with his students. “We ask that you ensure coaches are not leading, organizing, inviting, encouraging or participating in prayers with their teams in the … More »

Church trailer, awards venue remedied (April 16, 2015)

4/16/2015 · Volusia County Schools, DeLand, Fla., remedied state/church violations after getting a Feb. 5 letter from Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel. FFRF received a report that Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange let a church leave a trailer with a church ad on it in … More »

FFRF cures school’s religion addiction (April 16, 2015)

4/16/2015 · Students at Central Freedom School in Mankato, Minn., will no longer be required to attend religious Alcoholics Anonymous programming. Central Freedom, a public alternative school for students with chemical dependency issues, required AA meetings during the school day. Students who refused to attend might be … More »

Florida students support FFRF bible verse protest (April 15, 2015)

4/15/2015 · Gator Freethought and Humanists on Campus, two student groups at the University of Florida in Gainesville, sent a letter to university President W. Kent Fuchs in support of FFRF's April 13 objection to a bible verse inscribed on a new business school building. Heavener Hall … More »

Georgia teachers can sit out pledge (April 15, 2015)

4/15/2015 · The principal at Greenbrier Elementary School, Evans, Ga., will no longer make teachers participate in the Pledge of Allegiance to “set an example” for students.  “The Supreme Court ruled over 70 years ago that compelling participation in the Pledge of Allegiance was constitutionally impermissible,” wrote … More »

Virginia ‘release time’ punishment barred (April 15, 2015)

4/15/2015 · Nottoway, Va., Public Schools students who do not attend religious “release time” will no longer be forced to clean rooms or do extra homework. At least one student at Blackstone Primary School who didn’t participate in a religious class off-campus was required to sweep … More »

FFRF shuts down Oklahoma proselytizing (April 7, 2015)

4/7/2015 · Students in the Cleveland, Okla., School District will no longer be subjected to bible distributions and harassment from teachers about religion. FFRF received a complaint that a teacher at Cleveland Intermediate School read aloud to the class from a bible. When the complainant’s child asked … More »

California official won’t endorse prayer (April 6, 2015)

4/6/2015 · A Solano, Calif., County supervisor will no longer officially participate in a prayer breakfast. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote Supervisor Linda Seifert on April 1, objecting to her participation in the Vallejo Prayer Breakfast: “It is unlawful under the First Amendment for a government … More »

Missouri school drops ‘character assembly’ (April 3, 2015)

4/3/2015 · After FFRF objected to inappropriate religious references at a public school assembly in Branson, Mo., the district has taken steps to ensure future assemblies will be religion-free. Last October, Branson Junior High School hosted a “character assembly” sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A … More »

Church signs down at L.A. high school (March 27, 2015)

3/27/2015 · The Los Angeles Unified School District removed church advertising from school grounds after Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel informed the district March 6 that four permanently posted signs at University High School on Texas Avenue near Santa Monica Boulevard violated the Constitution. "When a school permanently … More »

Christian WyldLife not oxymoron (March 25, 2015)

3/25/2015 · A Chicago Public Schools teacher who regularly promoted weekly religious club meetings to students during instructional time will no longer be allowed to do so. A Greeley Elementary School teacher promoted meetings of WyldLife, a Christian club that meets in the school's gym after … More »

Church signs off L.A. school fence (March 20, 2015)

3/20/2015 · Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent a March 6 letter objecting to letting a church permanently post signs on the fence of University High School in Los Angeles. Vintage Church had been permitted to keep signs up around the clock for at least two years. FFRF's … More »

Good news: Gideons get left behind (March 19, 2015)

3/19/2015 · After FFRF received a report that Gideons International distributed bibles to students at Holly Hill Elementary School, Enterprise, Ala., Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote a March 18 complaint letter. "It is unconstitutional for public school districts to permit the Gideon Society to distribute bibles as … More »

FFRF ends prayer at Ohio athletics (March 18, 2015)

3/18/2015 · The St. Clairsville High School spring sports banquet in St. Clairsville, Ohio, did not include prayer, unlike its fall banquet, thanks to a Jan. 5 complaint letter from Staff Attorney Sam Grover. He sent the letter after learning that the St. Clairsville-Richland City School … More »

Bible verses by principal silenced (March 15, 2015)

3/15/2015 · Principal Dan Noll, White Oak [Texas] High School, has stopped his practice of reciting bible verses during morning announcements over the intercom. The district originally doubled down after getting Staff Attorney Sam Grover's complaint letter March 5. White Oak ISD Superintendent Michael Gilbert wrote … More »

K-Life Ministries no longer welcome (March 9, 2015)

3/9/2015 · Sheridan County School District #2, Sheridan, Wyo., will not let representatives from K-Life Ministries, a Christian youth organization, visit students during the school day. The group, based in Branson, Mo., is known nationally for insinuating its members into students' space at lunch tables to … More »

Letter remedies Okla. religious violations (March 9, 2015)

3/9/2015 · Chandler Public School District in Chandler, Okla., has resolved several constitutional violations after getting a Jan. 30 complaint letter from Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel, who wrote to object to reports about school-organized prayers at football practices and other athletic events, as well as a … More »

'You're a sinner' video plug pulled (March 9, 2015)

3/9/2015 · Palm Beach County School District in Florida has stopped making students watch a motivational speech by Christian evangelist Nick Vujicic. Boca Raton Middle School had required all students to watch one of Vujicic's speeches. He also spoke at several other schools in the district. Vujicic's … More »

Good news: Gideons get left behind (March 3, 2015)

3/3/2015 · Jefferson County School District in Madras, Ore., will no longer allow the Good News Club to park a trailer at Warm Springs K-8 Academy. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote to the district Feb. 16 after learning that the school board allowed the club to … More »

'Rogue speaker' out in Nebraska (March 2, 2015)

3/2/2015 · Elkhorn Valley View Middle School, Elkhorn, Neb., will ensure that future school assemblies are free from inappropriate religious content. Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott sent a letter of complaint March 2 about a Dec. 8, 2014, assembly about drug and alcohol awareness at which Pastor … More »

FFRF complaint stops teachers' prayer (Feb. 27, 2015)

2/27/2015 · Two Prattville Primary School teachers in Prattville, Ala., will no longer lead students in Christian prayer during the school day. FFRF received a report that one teacher led at least six classes in prayer while students were in the hallway on the way to … More »

Hotel bibles removed at Portland State (Feb. 26, 2015)

2/26/2015 · FFRF had been trying to obtain a response from Portland State University in Oregon about its hotel bibles since its original letter of complaint in February 2014. "If guests want to read this religious text during their stay, they should do what everyone else … More »

FFRF protects Minn. prisoners' rights (Feb. 23, 2015)

2/23/2015 · The Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud has agreed to discontinue providing extra gifts to prisoners who attend holiday Christian services. "Encouraging inmates to attend a church service is constitutionally impermissible because it coerces inmates to participate in a religious exercise, and sends the message … More »

Prayerful posts off Ohio school site (Feb. 19, 2015)

2/19/2015 · Eastern Local School District, Reedsville, Ohio, removed two religious posts after a car accident claimed the life of a former Eastern High School student. The posts called for "prayer warriors" to "lift all of [those involved in the accident] up in prayer." Senior Staff Attorney … More »

FFRF backs Georgia family in suit over elementary school prayer

2/18/2015 · On Feb. 9, 2015, FFRF filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern District of Georgia, alleging discrimination against two anonymous Doe children by their elementary school teachers. The complaint against Emanuel County Schools charges that teachers inflicted religious prayers on their captive student audiences … More »

Hand soap Jesus off school bottles (Feb. 18, 2015)

2/18/2015 · Bennett Elementary School in McKinney, Texas, removed hand sanitizer bottles that displayed the Lord's Prayer and the logo of a church. "Religion is a divisive force in public schools," wrote Staff Attorney Sam Grover. "Though the school may accept donations from religious entities such … More »

Religious odyssey off school schedule (Feb. 16, 2015)

2/16/2015 · FFRF learned that Tropic Isles Elementary School, North Fort Myers, Fla., planned a fifth-grade field trip to a church which was hosting a walk-through play entitled "Drug House Odyssey." Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote the school district on Feb. 12 informing them that the field … More »

Prayer get boot from graduation (Feb. 13, 2015)

2/13/2015 · Quehanna Boot Camp, an adult correctional facility in Karthaus, Pa., will not include prayers in future graduation ceremonies. Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote the camp Feb. 3 to object to the pastor-led prayers. The Department of Corrections responded Feb. 13, writing that the invocation and … More »

FFRF stops Kansas proselytizing (Feb. 9, 2015)

2/9/2015 · Haskins Learning Center, a K-8 public school in Pratt, Kan., is presenting in-service training to teachers about religious proselytizing after FFRF again objected to the school's practices. Just six weeks earlier, the school had agreed to stop prayer at school events. But the day after … More »

Letter ends Kansas bible handouts (Feb. 6, 2015)

2/6/2015 · Unified School District 219 in Kansas has stopped a Minneola Elementary School teacher from distributing bibles to students. In a letter sent Jan. 30, Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel informed the district, "When a school distributes religious literature to its students, it entangles itself with … More »

W.Va. middle school crosses removed (Feb. 6, 2015)

2/6/2015 · Ravenswood Middle School in Ripley, W.Va., has taken down crosses that were previously displayed on school property. Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott wrote Jackson County Schools on Jan. 20 after learning that multiple crosses were placed in a garden near an entrance to the school. One … More »

Missouri park crèche won't be back (Feb. 4, 2015)

2/4/2015 · The Higginsville, Mo., Parks and Recreation Department has in the past displayed a large nativity scene in a public park with a sign saying "The Savior is Born." Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott sent the department a letter after a local resident complained: "By displaying this … More »

God out of Okla. police training (Feb. 4, 2015)

2/4/2015 · Oklahoma's Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) is taking steps to eliminate unconstitutional religious training materials after receiving an FFRF complaint. A peace officer in training told FFRF that during training, instructors and materials repeatedly promoted religion. Course materials contained statements such as, … More »

Turning Point Church crosses the line (Feb. 1, 2015)

2/1/2015 · Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, Ky., received FFRF complaints about several state/church violations. Leestown Middle School held a "retreat" for sixth graders at two churches. Students were given T-shirts at the retreat that advertised TurningPoint Church and its website. They were told to wear shirts … More »

FFRF stops bible study field trip (Jan. 27, 2015)

1/27/2015 · Del Norte County Unified School District stopped a teacher at Crescent Elk Middle School, Crescent City, Calif., from holding a bible study as part of an overnight field trip to her home. "When a school allows a teacher to lead students in a devotional bible … More »

Georgia school removes 10 Commandments (Jan. 26, 2015)

1/26/2015 · FFRF succeeded in getting a Ten Commandments display removed from the Pinevale Elementary School library in Valdosta, Ga. Staff Attorney Sam Grover in an Oct. 24 letter to Valdosta City Schools wrote, "Any student will view a Ten Commandments display in a school as … More »

No more Christian pumpkin patch trips (Jan. 23, 2015)

1/23/2015 · A field trip to a church-run pumpkin patch will not reoccur at Randolph Elementary in Centreville, Ala. Kindergartners and first graders were given nametags reading, "Hay there, Jesus loves you" with a bible verse underneath. Students' finger paintings also had bible verses printed at the … More »

South Dakota sex ed secularized (Jan 23, 2015)

1/23/2015 · The public school district in Aberdeen, S.D., which showed a Catholic version of a sex education program to students, is taking steps to correct the violation after getting a Jan. 9 letter from Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott. The health curriculum at Central High School included … More »

'Praying hands' image off school wall (Jan. 20, 2015)

1/20/2015 · After initially refusing, Kenneth Cooper Middle School officials in Oklahoma have removed a poster called "Faith in America" featuring two children with their hands clasped in prayer in front of an American flag. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel first wrote to Putnam County Schools about … More »

FFRF ends Georgia teachers’ proselytizing (Jan. 5, 2015)

1/5/2015 · Elementary school faculty in the Whitfield County School District, Georgia, will no longer teach their young students religion thanks to a letter sent by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF received a report from a parent whose Antioch Elementary School kindergartener was informed that Christmas … More »

Alabama elementary students won’t “See You At The Pole” (Dec. 22, 2014)

12/22/2014 · Thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, teachers and church groups will not be permitted to lead religious events at Athens Elementary School in Athens, Ala. In 2013, a local church group was permitted to lead a “See You At The Pole” gathering, a Christian … More »

FFRF dissolves partnership between Maryland DNR and Boy Scouts (Dec. 22, 2014)

12/22/2014 · The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has ended a partnership with the Boy Scouts of America, which discriminates against atheists and agnostics, as well as LGBT adults. The DNR previously had an annual charter agreement with the Baltimore Boy Scouts in which the DNR agreed … More »

Gideons banned from Mich. school after FFRF complaint (Dec. 22, 2014)

12/22/2014 · Zeeland Public Schools, Mich., will not allow Gideons to distribute bibles on school ground in the future thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. On Oct. 17, Gideons International representatives distributed bibles to students, a parent informed FFRF. A teacher reportedly told students she would … More »

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 »

No more staff-led prayer at Kan. school (Dec. 18, 2014)

12/18/2014 · After the Freedom From Religion Foundation lodged a complaint, staff at the Haskins Learning Center in Pratt Unified School District will not lead students in prayer. FFRF received a report that before a school-wide Thanksgiving lunch, the school’s principal asked everyone to bow their heads … More »

FFRF sues over government nativity, denial of equal treatment in Franklin Co., Ind.

12/17/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit on Dec. 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 stifles school board prayer in Paso Robles, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2014)

12/10/2014 · The Paso Robles School Board decided not to start including prayer in its meetings after the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent the board a letter of complaint. Upon learning the board was considering instituting invocations, Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote Board President Katy Griffin a … More »

FFRF stops prayer at Ark. high school Veterans Day ceremony (Dec. 10, 2014)

12/10/2014 · Green Forest High School, Ark., will no longer include prayers at school-sponsored events thanks to efforts by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. At a Veterans Day ceremony, a Green Forest teacher led a prayer. Staff Attorney Sam Grover sent Green Forest Public Schools a letter … More »

FFRF turns off Ariz. agency’s religious training video (Dec. 3, 2014)

12/3/2014 · The Arizona Department of Economic Security has discontinued use of a religious training video thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A mandatory meeting for some DES employees included a video featuring a comedian who talked about dying briefly and meeting God, who told her … More »

FFRF ends Calif. school district’s participation in Catholic school’s pre-game prayers (Dec. 3, 2014)

12/3/2014 · The Marin County Athletic League, which includes public and private schools, will no longer allow a Catholic school to impose prayers on public school attendees thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote a letter Feb. 25, 2014, to the Tamalpais … More »

FFRF removes cross from Minn. city newsletter (Dec. 2, 2014)

12/2/2014 · After receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the City of Rice will not include religious symbols on newsletters. The city’s Spring 2014 newsletter included a cross image next to the notice that the city’s offices would be closed on Memorial Day. “Including … More »

FFRF convinces Wash. school to ditch religious concert (Dec. 2, 2014)

12/2/2014 · Aberdeen High School, Wash., pulled out of the Festival of Lights at The Grotto in Portland, Ore., after receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The Grotto is a Catholic shrine dedicated to Mary, and the public school choir was scheduled to perform … More »

FFRF ousts Christ from Ala. parade (December 1, 2014)

12/1/2014 · FFRF received word Dec. 1 that a city-sponsored “Keep Christ in Christmas”-themed parade meant to “reflect our strong belief in prayers” would be retitled the “City of Piedmont Christmas Parade.” An attorney for the city of Piedmont, Ala., wrote a letter notifying Staff Attorney … More »

Charter school ends lunch prayer (December 1, 2014)

12/1/2014 · Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy’s Grammar School in Forest City, N.C., has ended teacher-led prayer and implemented a new policy on religion after a Nov. 6 complaint by Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott on behalf of a parent. A second-grade teacher led students in prayer before … More »

FFRF takes religious song out of charter school class (Dec. 1, 2014)

12/1/2014 · Gulf Coast Charter Academy South in Naples, Fla., cut a religious song from its curriculum pursuant to a complaint made by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The song was reportedly about a child getting lost in the woods and being saved by an angel after … More »

Prayer halted at Texas school (November 25, 2014)

11/25/2014 · Celina Independent School District in Texas will no longer permit coaches to participate in prayer circles with students. Staff Attorney Sam Grover sent a letter to the district Nov. 13, describing a local complainant’s report of widespread coach participation in prayer circles. An attorney for … More »

FFRF halts coach-led prayer at Ohio high school (Nov. 25, 2014)

11/25/2014 · Olentangy High School stopped allowing employees to institute prayers at school-sponsored events thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The coach of the Olentangy High School Girls Cross Country team invited a student to deliver a prayer at an end-of-season banquet. “It is unlawful for … More »

FFRF stands up for seated students (November 24, 2014)

11/24/2014 · Students in the Washoe County School District in Nevada will no longer compel students to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. A district parent contacted FFRF, reporting that a student was ordered to stand for the pledge and was ordered to leave class, counted … More »

It’s a (creationist) zoo out there (November 20, 2014)

11/20/2014 · After getting an FFRF letter, Skiatook Public Schools in Oklahoma revised a Pledge of Allegiance worksheet that emphasized the phrase “under God” and decided it would no longer take students to a creationist zoo where students were taught about “God’s miracles” and the biblical … More »

FFRF keeps school art secular in Oklahoma (Nov. 20, 2014)

11/20/2014 · Thanks to efforts by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, teachers in Chandler Public Schools will not create religious projects with their students in the future. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent a letter to the district in 2013 after learning of an auction where two … More »

FFRF secularizes Calif. middle school graduation (Nov. 20, 2014)

11/20/2014 · R.J. Fisher Middle School’s graduation ceremony will no longer be held at Calvary Church after the Freedom From Religion Foundation lodged a complaint. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote the Los Gatos Union School District superintendent on June 16, 2014, informing her that holding public school … More »

New administration ensures separation of church and state in Ga. school district (Nov. 20, 2014)

11/20/2014 · The new administration of Worth County Schools in Sylvester, Ga., will there’s no repeat of a religious assembly condoned by the previous administrators. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote Superintendent Barbara Thomas on Jan 30, 2013, after receiving a complaint that an assembly included the principal … More »

Cop emails go secular (November 18, 2014)

11/18/2014 · A University of Colorado police officer at the Colorado Springs campus removed a religious email signature after Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel’s Sept. 25 complaint letter to the university. “For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he … More »

FFRF complaint stops coach prayer (November 17, 2014)

11/17/2014 · FFRF originally contacted Middletown City Schools in Ohio last spring about high school football coach Chris Wells leading students in prayer and inviting them to his church. The district assured FFRF that administrators had met with Wells and told him that his actions crossed … More »

FFRF puts clamps on coach prayer (November 17, 2014)

11/17/2014 · Long Beach High School in Long Beach, Miss., has ended two school-sponsored prayer rituals at football games. Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote the district Sept. 26. Traditionally, a student led a Christian prayer over the loudspeaker before every football game. In addition, the high school … More »

FFRF halts coach prayer (November 17, 2014)

11/17/2014 · A coach in the Wimberley Independent School District in Texas will no longer pray with students or endorse students’ prayers. Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote Wimberley’s superintendent Sept. 25, detailing a report that Wimberley High School’s athletic director and head football coach led the … More »

Religious brochures removed in Tennessee (November 17, 2014)

11/17/2014 · FFRF’s complaint letter prompted prompted the Blount County Sheriff’s Office in Maryville, Tenn., to remove a box of religious brochures from the waiting room.The brochures depicted Jesus, included a prayer and were the only brochures displayed. Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert called the material … More »

FFRF answers Ala. coach’s prayers with complaint (Nov. 17, 2014)

11/17/2014 · Anniston High School’s football coach will no longer organize and lead his team in prayers after receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. A local news report noted that Coach Eddie Bullock asked for a “prayer leader,” a student who led the other … More »

FFRF stops Gideons at elementary school (November 14, 2014)

11/14/2014 · Cushing Public Schools, Cushing, Okla., is ending Gideon bible distribution after getting a Nov. 12 leter from Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel. The Gideons had reportedly visited a fifth-grade classroom at Harrison Elementary, where they discussed the bible and passed out bibles to students. The superintendent … More »

School won’t censor secular websites (November 14, 2014)

11/14/2014 · Round Rock Independent School District in Texas unblocked several secular websites after Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote the district Oct. 17 about its discriminatory policy. The district’s filtering software left sites affiliated with Catholicism, Islam and Scientology unblocked while filtering atheist sites as “alternative … More »

Schools turn down Mormon invite (November 7, 2014)

11/7/2014 · Two public high schools in Kalispell, Mont., declined this year’s invitation to participate in a performance “celebrating the birth of our savior Jesus Christ” at a Mormon church after FFRF objected to the school’s participation last year. “Because this event includes literally hundreds of depictions … More »

FFRF ends several school violations (November 7, 2014)

11/7/2014 · Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake, Ill., resolved several constitutional violations after getting an FFRF letter. Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote the school’s executive director July 8 to object to an assembly during the school day marking the installation of a “Freedom Shrine.” The mandatory … More »

Gideons wear out their welcomes (November 7, 2014)

11/7/2014 · The Itawamba County School District in Fulton, Miss., will not conduct bible distributions in the future. FFRF received a report that representatives from Gideons International distributed bibles at Itawamba Attendance Center to “momentarily preach the word of God” and then “asked students to raise … 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 »

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