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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 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Changes in Minnesota school district slowly taking root (January 8, 2014)

1/8/2014 · Since 2010, FFRF has received multiple complaints about prayer at Pillager Public School events in Minnesota. In 2010, FFRF objected to a prayer led by a pastor at a Veterans Day assembly for all K-12 students. Superintendent Chuck Arns gave assurances that prayers would … More »

FFRF vanishes religious sign at West Virginia school (January 3, 2014)

1/3/2014 · The superintendent of the Wayne County (W.Va.) School District will ensure that religious messages are not put on school marquees after the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote a letter notifying her of one such marquee and informing her of the constitutional problems it posed. Buffalo … More »

FFRF deletes religious postings from sheriff's department’s Facebook page (January 2, 2014)

1/2/2014 · The Douglas County (Ga.) Sheriff K-9 Unit’s Facebook page no longer posts religious messages after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained. The page administrator regularly posted bible quotes on Sundays, as well as several other Christian-themed posts. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote to the sheriff … More »

FFRF ends religious advertising in Ohio elementary school (December 23, 2013)

12/23/2013 · After receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, South Bloomfield Elementary School (Ashville, Ohio) will no longer be permitted to pass out religious flyers to its young students. A concerned parent contacted FFRF when her child brought home an advertisement for “A Night … More »

Coaches Reigned In on Prayer at N.C. High School (December 20, 2013)

12/20/2013 · After a complaint by, coaches at South Central High School in Winterville, N.C., received a lesson from the school principal on the Constitution. On Nov. 27, 2013, FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott wrote to the Pitt County School District about reports of coach-led prayers … More »

FFRF halts proselytizing group’s access to families at public school (December 19, 2013)

12/19/2013 · Thanks to FFRF, a proselytizing group will no longer have access to families at Frick Middle School in Oakland, Calif. A religious organization called Points of Light hosted a barbecue at a “Back to School Night” simultaneously alongside school activities. FFRF’s complainant reported that … More »

FFRF down's nativity scene at Ohio school district (December 18, 2013)

12/18/2013 · The superintendent of Green Local Schools in Ohio took down a nativity scene after receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Superintendent Judith Robinson had displayed a nativity scene in the window of her office. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote to her on … More »

Band director no longer directing prayer at S.C. high school (December 12, 2013)

12/12/2013 · The marching band director at a high school in Rock Hill School District Three, Rock Hill, S.C., had apparently initiated a student prayer circle prior to performances. FFRF successfully ended this practice, thanks to FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott, who contacted the school’s legal … More »

FFRF ends prayers during North Carolina Education Lottery meeting (December 6, 2013)

12/6/2013 · A complainant reported to FFRF that annual Thanksgiving celebrations at a department within the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) have included prayers initiated by the department director. In a letter written on Nov. 29, FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott urged NCEL Executive Director Alice … More »

FFRF removes meal-time prayer at South Carolina senior center (December 5, 2013)

12/5/2013 · Thanks to FFRF, prayers will no longer precede meals at the Simpsonville Activity and Senior Center in Simpsonville, S.C. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel warned the Parks and Recreation Department, which runs the center, that such religious practices in government-supported organizations are prohibited by … More »

FFRF ends religious promotion by police (December 4, 2013)

12/4/2013 · FFRF stopped proselytization by a police officer in Toledo, Ohio. A concerned citizen informed FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell that during a traffic collision investigation, after asking whether the citizen attended church, the officer started recommending to him various churches in the area. Cavell requested … More »

Faculty barred from religious extracurricular at New York school (December 3, 2013)

12/3/2013 · FFRF reminded the Hyde Park Central School District in New York that active involvement of faculty during after-school clubs is inappropriate.  In a Nov. 7 letter to Superintendent Greer Rychcik, FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell requested that staff at F.D. Roosevelt High School in Staatsburg, … More »

New Jersey restaurant retracts exclusive discount (December 2, 2013)

12/2/2013 ·  FFRF successfully ended a discount extended exclusively to church-goers by Aleathea’s Restaurant in Cape May, N.J. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell, contacted by a concerned customer, advised the restaurant to drop the discriminatory practice in a Oct. 10 letter:  “Your restaurant’s restrictive promotional practice favors … More »

FFRF Ousts bibles from University of Wisconsin-Extension Lodging (December 1, 2013)

12/1/2013 · In November 2013, a concerned citizen informed FFRF that the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Lowell Center, a large conference center on the UW-Madison campus, contained a copy of the Gideon Bible in each of its 137 guest rooms. The seven story Lowell Center is capable … More »

FFRF sues Pismo Beach over prayers, chaplain

11/21/2013 · FFRF sues Pismo Beach over prayers, chaplain FFRF and a Pismo Beach member and citizen, Sari Dworkin, are challenging the city council's prayers and their appointment of a city chaplain. The lawsuit was filed on November 1, 2013, in the Superior Court of San Luis … More »

FFRF ends graduations in church (November 21, 2014)

11/21/2013 · Lewis Center for Educational Research Academy for Academic Excellence (AAE) in Apple Valley Calif., will no longer hold its graduation ceremony in a church. According to the complainant, AAE has held past graduation ceremonies in churches where crosses, bible verses and other religious symbols … More »

FFRF stops school from forcing students to recite pledge of allegiance (November 20, 2013)

11/20/2013 · Students in an Oquirrh Hills Middle School (West Jordan, Utah) classroom will no longer be reprimanded for refusing to recite the pledge of allegiance, thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s involvement. An Oquirrh Hills student contacted FFRF saying that on multiple occasions, a teacher … More »

No more "blessings" at mandatory employee meetings in South Carolina school district (November 19, 2013)

11/19/2013 · FFRF successfully ended prayers during annual state in-service meetings for transportation employees at the Berkeley County School District in South Carolina.  The complainant informed FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott that formal prayer had become a part of the mandatory event in the current and preceding … More »

FFRF stops illegal church discount (November 8, 2013)

11/8/2013 · Luna's Friendswood, a Mexican restaurant with six different locations in Texas, has stopped offering a 10% discount to dine-in customers who presented a current church bulletin on Sundays. FFRF Staff Attorney Liz Cavell and constitutional consultant Sam Grover sent a letter Oct. 10 to the … More »

Rallies at Oklahoma high school will include pep but no prayer (November 4, 2013)

11/4/2013 · A concerned student reported to FFRF that pep rallies at Alva High School in Alva, Okla., regularly featured student-led prayer circles supported by the faculty. In a letter sent on Oct. 23, FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel reminded Superintendent Steve Parkhurst and the school … More »

FFRF ends prayers during morning announcements in Alabama high school (October 31, 2013)

10/31/2013 · Until October, Hokes Bluff High School in Etowah County, Ala., began school mornings with student-led recitations of bible passages over the school’s intercommunications system, a regimen approved by school administration. A concerned student reported this practice to FFRF, and staff attorney Andrew Seidel followed … More »

Prayers are dropped from pregame routine in Oregon high school (October 29, 2013)

10/29/2013 · The Aloha High School (Aloha, Ore.) football team will no longer implement prayers in its pregame routine, thanks to a concerned student who reported this practice to FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel. Seidel crafted a letter to Superintendent Jeff Rose on Oct. 25, citing … More »

FFRF grounds prayer at Atlanta airport (October 28, 2013)

10/28/2013 · A staff member at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport attended an employee and customer satisfaction luncheon that was organized by the airport, which is owned by the city of Atlanta and is the busiest U.S. airport. The lunch began with a Christian prayer, during which … More »

Tenn. judge cited for nixing Messiah (October 23, 2013)

10/23/2013 · On Aug. 14, FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert wrote to Timothy R. Discenza, disciplinary counsel for the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct in Nashville, to lodge a formal complaint about Lu Ann Ballew, a child support magistrate. Ballew had presided over a child … More »

FFRF stops teachers from wearing “Jesus Is My Hero shirts” (October 23, 2013)

10/23/2013 · Teachers at the Buchtel Community Learning Center will no longer be allowed to wear religious-themed T-shirts in Akron, Ohio. These T-shirts promote the school’s athletic program with messages such as “Jesus Is My Hero,” “Pick Up the Cross and Follow Me: Jesus” and “God’s … More »

FFRF Stops mandatory treatment prayers (October 22, 2013)

10/22/2013 · Military veterans sent to substance abuse treatment by the Sacramento Veterans Administration in California will be offered an alternative to religious programs because of an FFRF letter of complaint.FFRF was contacted by a veteran who said that in his program, he was forced to … More »

FFRF prevents future prayers and discrimination at Ohio high school (October 22, 2013)

10/22/2013 · FFRF advised the administration of Western Brown High School in Mt. Orab, Ohio to refrain from incorporating prayers during school-sponsored events. A concerned parent informed FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel that prayer had taken place at the National Honor Society induction ceremony this year. In … More »

Religious teachings stopped during music classes at Michigan elementary school (October 16, 2013)

10/16/2013 · FFRF has stopped religious music lessons at Emmons Lake Elementary School in Caledonia, Mich., thanks to FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel, who contacted the Caledonia Community Schools District on behalf of a concerned parent. In his Oct. 3 letter to Superintendent Randy Rodriguez, Seidel … More »

FFRF helps end coach-led prayer (October 15, 2013)

10/15/2013 · A coach at West Linn High School in Tualatin, Ore., will no longer participate in team prayer. FFRF received a complaint last fall that Assistant Coach Art Williams would regularly join a circle of football players to bow his head in prayer. FFRF Staff Attorney … More »

Teacher: Freedom ‘comes from God’ (October 14, 2013)

10/14/2013 · A Michigan social studies teacher will no longer be allowed to distribute and display a poster with the Pledge of Allegiance alongside a message asserting that “our freedom ultimately comes from God” and that the founding fathers felt similarly. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent an … More »

FFRF ceases 'See You at the Pole' event (October 14, 2013)

10/14/2013 · A concerned student from Columbian High School in Tiffin, Ohio, contacted FFRF about a "See You At the Pole" event, which has since been investigated and halted. This event was organized and promoted by a teacher at the school and involved pizza, devotion and … More »

FFRF stops school-sponsored prayer group at Tennessee elementary (September 24)

9/24/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation stopped a prayer group co-sponsored by a Baptist church and school officials that walked through the hallways of Hardy Elementary School in Chattanooga, Tenn. This is the latest in a long string of violations FFRF has complained about in … More »

FFRF halts graduation ceremony at church (September 3, 2013)

9/9/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has halted a school district from using a church building for their graduation ceremony. FFRF, a Wis.-based state/church watchdog, recently sent a letter to Hoover High School Superintendent Michael Hartenstein regarding the school's troubling practice of holding commencement ceremonies … More »

FFRF complaint removed Latin cross seal from public building (August 30, 2013)

8/30/2013 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint removed the public display of an unconstitutional city seal depicting a cross in Wauwatosa, Wis. After FFRF was contacted by a local complainant, it sent a letter on June 18 to Mayor Kathleen Ehley. The City of Wauwatosa formerly had … More »

FFRF removes out-of-context Washington quote that puts down nonbelievers (August 23, 2013)

8/23/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation successfully petitioned an Oklahoma county to remove a partial quote from President George Washington displayed on the county website.FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent Creek County Clerk Jennifer Mortazavi a June 25 letter outlining why the quote, which endorsed … More »

FFRF ensures NY town’s bicentennial celebration stays secular (August 23, 2013)

8/23/2013 · A New York town removed a prayer service from the town's government-sponsored bicentennial anniversary celebration, after being contacted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.The prayer service was slated to take place on September 7 at a historic site in Victor, N.Y. The prayer service … More »

FFRF stops mandated Christian programs for probation condition (August 22, 2013)

8/22/2013 · FFRF recently halted the practice of compelling convicted offenders to attend Miracle Lake Christian Training Center and other similar institutions as a condition of probation in Tennessee. Forced attendance for probation did not offer alternate non-religious, non-spiritual treatment options. FFRF received a complaint from an … More »

Ohio high school rethinks wrestling team’s prayers (August 20, 2013)

8/20/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation appears to have stopped a New Lexington, Ohio, high school's coach-led prayer before wrestling matches.FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert sent a June 13 letter to New Lexington City Schools Superintendent Tonya Sherburne requesting she stop the coach-led prayers."New … More »

FFRF drops minister-led high school graduation prayers (August 20, 2013)

8/20/2013 · A high school in Hawley, Penn., dropped religious rituals from its graduation ceremony after receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.A minister led an invocation and a benediction at Wallenpaupack Area High School's June 14, 2013 graduation ceremony. The graduation program included … More »

FFRF ends prayer at Arizona charter school graduation (August 19, 2013)

8/19/2013 · The football coach at Sunrise Mountain High School (Glendale, Ariz.) will no longer be allowed to force students to pray or pressure them to join the school’s Christian club, nor will faculty be allowed to participate in the club, due to a complaint letter … More »

FFRF complaint removes Ten Commandments poster from school library (August 13, 2013)

8/13/2013 · FFRF has removed a Ten Commandments poster from the Blytheville High School library in Blytheville, Ark. FFRF received a complaint from a local resident reporting that the Ten Commandments poster was featured prominently near the library checkout station. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott sent a … More »

Graduation prayer now a thing of the past at LSU (August 7, 2013)

8/7/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation ended the prayers that were formerly a part of Louisiana State University A & M's graduation ceremony.Concerned students contacted FFRF about the university's graduation prayers, which have been going on for years. The 2013 graduation included a Catholic priest … More »

FFRF: students can give thanks without a god (July 29, 2013)

7/29/2013 · Thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, future celebrations at an elementary school in Mount Vernon, Ohio, will not include school-sponsored prayer.A concerned local resident brought the constitutional violation to FFRF's attention after the local newspaper featured a picture of praying students at Pleasant … More »

FFRF ends Arkansas school’s sponsorship of baccalaureate service (July 19, 2013)

7/19/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation caused an Arkansas school to disassociate itself from future religious baccalaureate services after the school officially invited graduating seniors to attend the May 19 service.FFRF was contacted after Dardanelle High School planned a baccalaureate service for the graduating seniors … More »

Principal’s office no place for bible quotes, says FFRF (July 19, 2013)

7/19/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation ensured an elementary school in San Bernardino, Calif., removed a framed bible quote prominently displayed in the principal's office.FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent a June 26 letter to San Bernardino City Unified School District Superintendent outlining why the … More »

FFRF, local member boot church trailers from Arizona school (July 18, 2013)

7/18/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation successfully removed church trailers covered in church advertisements from a public high school parking lot.The church rents space from Vista Grande High School in Casa Grande, Ariz., on the weekends. The church was leaving its trailers, which are covered … More »

FFRF keeps sushi discounts secular (July 16, 2013)

7/16/2013 · Thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, churchgoers will have one less restaurant to patronize on Sundays if they are looking for a special ‘church bulletin discount.’ A couple who dined at Tokyo Japanese Restaurant in Fairhope, Ala., informed FFRF about a sign hanging in … More »

FFRF downs cross at Texas school (July 15, 2013)

7/15/2013 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint successfully removed a framed cross from an elementary school office in Brock, Texas.FFRF Staff Attorney Liz Cavell contacted Brock Independent School District Superintendent Richard Tedder on June 13 requesting he remove the cross from Brock Elementary School. She … More »

No preaching visitors allowed on New Hampshire school property (July 12, 2013)

7/12/2013 · Thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a woman who prayed aloud and promoted her religion daily to the students at a New Hampshire public high school will no longer be allowed to do so. A concerned resident of the Concord New Hampshire School District … More »

FFRF action drops prayers from Michigan high school graduation (July 11, 2013)

7/11/2013 · A Michigan high school will no longer include school-sponsored prayers in its graduation ceremony after the Freedom From Religion Foundation took action. Attendees to Ross Beatty Junior/Senior High School graduation in Cassopolis, Mich., contacted FFRF after the ceremony opened and closed with a prayer, both … More »

Religious posters aren’t in Kansas public school anymore (July 11, 2013)

7/11/2013 · A letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation successfully took down eight Christian posters from a public high school math classroom in McPherson, Kan.A concerned district resident contacted FFRF about the eight posters, which were prominently displayed in the teacher's classroom. The posters included … More »

Religious song sung no more at California school (July 10, 2013)

7/10/2013 · Action by the Freedom From Religion Foundation ended a public school's promotion of a religious song.An elementary school in Rancho Cordova promoted the song "America" as their song of the month late last year. The song includes several appeals to the Christian god, including … More »

FFRF ends bible handouts in Washington high school (July 10, 2013)

7/10/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation ensured the Gideons will not be allowed to hand out bibles to students at Cascade School District in Everett, Wash.The Gideons are an organization of evangelical Christian men who force New Testament bibles onto people, particularly children, and attempt … More »

FFRF halts bible distribution at grade school (July 10, 2013)

7/10/2013 · Gideons International (an evangelizing Christian male organization) is not allowed to distribute bibles to students at Idyllwild Elementary School in Hemet, Calif. FFRF's complainant told FFRF that this practice, which was approved by the district, was one of several instances where her child was … More »

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