American Humanist Association v. Birdville Independent School District (2016)

This coalition brief was filed in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the American Humanist Association and a high school student. This was a challenge to a Texas school district who selected students to deliver prayers to the public at its school board meetings.

This amicus brief argued that the Birdville school board’s practice was an unconstitutional endorsement of religion. The practice also encouraged community backlash and antagonism toward nontheists, while creating divisiveness in the community.

The brief was filed in collaboration with the Center for Inquiry, American Atheists, Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and the Secular Coalition for America.


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