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Alabama voters file lawsuit challenging required “So Help Me God” oath

10/20/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit on behalf of four Alabama citizens, challenging a mandatory voter registration oath that concludes, “so help me God.” Alabama is the only state to require voters to sign a religious oath in order to register to … More »

FFRF sues Texas judge again to end courtroom prayer practice

10/8/2020 · FFRF filed a lawsuit against Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack on May 29, 2019, due to his refusal to end the divisive practice of opening each of his court sessions with chaplain-led prayer. Despite numerous complaints regarding the practice, which is not commonly done … More »

Religious displays removed in California (September 10, 2020)

9/10/2020 · Religious displays were removed from Eastside Union School District property in Lancaster, Calif., after a resident contacted FFRF. A community member alerted FFRF that there were religious displays in several locations throughout the district, including in classrooms, staff lounges and the district office. FFRF Legal Fellow … More »

FFRF stops religious signature on email (September 9, 2020)

9/9/2020 · A Seminole County Public Schools employee in Ovideo, Fla., will no longer be using a religious email signature. A district community member reported that an administrative secretary at Paul J. Hagerty High School was sending emails from her official district account with a religious message … More »

Religious message taken off school sign in W.V. (September 8, 2020)

9/8/2020 · A religious message has been removed from a Wayne County Schools (W.Va.) sign. A local resident reported that the electronic notice board outside of Buffalo Middle School had featured the message “God will carry us” for much of the summer. This message was accompanied by several … More »

School’s religious post removed from Facebook (September 2, 2020)

9/2/2020 · In Tennessee, a religious post has been removed from Alamo City School District’s social media page. FFRF was alerted that the district had posted a graphic on its official Facebook page encouraging students and parents to “Park & Pray Everyday.” The graphic read: “Driving past … More »

FFRF stops prayers at DNR employee meetings (August 31, 2020)

8/31/2020 · Future Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) employee meetings will not include an opening prayer. FFRF was informed that, earlier this year, several Wisconsin DNR employees were required to attend an awards ceremony sponsored by the department. During the event, official DNR chaplains led prayers … More »

Prayer locker removed from Texas school (August 21, 2020)

8/21/2020 · A “prayer locker” has been removed from Prairiland Junior High School property. A local resident alerted FFRF that the school had designated a locker to be used as a “prayer locker” for its students, marked with a Latin cross and a sign that reads: “Drop … More »

No more prayer at back-to-school meeting (August 18, 2020)

8/18/2020 · No proselytizing took place at Allen Parish Schools’ (Kinder, La.) back-to-school meeting after last year’s mandatory meeting subjected attendees to prayer. FFRF was informed that at last year’s mandatory teachers’ meeting at Kinder Middle School, a Catholic priest was allowed to speak to the group … More »

Prayers discontinued in Tennessee county (August 18, 2020)

8/18/2020 · Morgan County Schools has discontinued prayers at its school board meetings. A concerned local resident reported to FFRF that the Morgan County School Board had been opening its meetings with Christian prayer. FFRF Legal Fellow Brendan Johnson wrote to Board Chairman Wade Summers, requesting that the … More »

FFRF and HUSE stop school prayer in Puerto Rico (August 7, 2020)

8/7/2020 · The Freedom from Religion Foundation and Humanistas Seculares de Puerto Rico (HUSE) filed a lawsuit on February 27, 2020 against Puerto Rico’s Education Secretary and the principal at Luis M. Santiago School. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Humanist parent and mother … More »

Ohio school district will no longer begin meetings with prayer (August 6, 2020)

8/6/2020 · LaBrae Local School District meetings in Leavittsburg will no longer begin with prayer. A district community member alerted FFRF that the May 11 school board meeting opened with a Christian prayer. FFRF Legal Fellow Dante Harootunian wrote to School Board President Russell Sewell informing him … More »

Religious event removed from public school handouts in Illinois (August 6, 2020)

8/6/2020 · A religious event has been removed from a Community Unit School District #200 summer activity handout in Wheaton. A district parent informed FFRF that the district sent out a “Summer Choice Board” handout to parents via email which provided various summer activities for students to … More »

Church in Oregon will no longer advertise on public school property (August 3, 2020)

8/3/2020 · A local church will no longer advertise on Salem-Keizer Public Schools property. A local community member contacted FFRF to report that signs advertising Way of Life Fellowship’s Sunday service have been placed on the grounds of Battle Creek Elementary School. These signs had apparently been … More »

Nebraska Police Department addresses religious content on its social media (August 3, 2020)

8/3/2020 · The Ashland Police Department is doing an audit of its social media page to redress inappropriate religious content. It was reported that the department was regularly promoting Christianity on its official Facebook page. In March, the department posted an image that depicted fictionalized quotes from … More »

California public school teacher will no longer be promote the “Good News Club” (July 29, 2020)

7/29/2020 · A Long Beach Unified School District teacher will no longer be promoting the religious “Good News Club.” A teacher at Colin Powell Elementary School reportedly founded and was running a Good News Club for first- and second-grade students that met in her classroom. Other adults, … More »

Massachusetts town removes biblical display for kids after FFRF intervenes (July 29, 2020)

7/29/2020 · FFRF has persuaded a Massachusetts town into removing a religious display from a library playground. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that the Ashburnham Library playground featured a turning picture game describing the biblical tale of Noah and the Ark. Each section of … More »

New Mexico City pledges not to cross the line with religious endorsement (July 28, 2020)

7/28/2020 · The city of Truth or Consequences has pledged to more closely scrutinize any public recognition of churches after a recent anniversary proclamation crossed the line into religious endorsement. Earlier this year, the city proclaimed April 26 to be “First Baptist Church 100th Anniversary Celebration Day.” … More »

Several church/state issues addressed in Louisiana (July 28, 2020)

7/28/2020 · Rapides Parish Schools in Alexandria has addressed several church/state issues raised by FFRF. A concerned community member reported that Brame Middle School has begun each school year by inviting a local church to its faculty meetings to pray with and preach to teachers and staff. … More »

Coaches at public school in Michigan will no longer lead prayer (July 22, 2020)

7/22/2020 · Coaches in Muskegon Public Schools will no longer be leading their athletic teams in prayer. A district community member reported that the Muskegon High School’s head football coach was leading the team in prayer after games and practices. FFRF Legal Fellow Dante Harootunian wrote to Superintendent … More »

City of Monona, Wisconsin revokes tax exemption after FFRF protests (July 22, 2020)

7/22/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating a victory for taxpayers near its home. The city of Monona (adjacent to FFRF’s headquarters in Madison, Wis.) had incorrectly classified a nearly 10-acre property on Lake Monona as being exempt from property taxes. Even though the property … More »

Religious messages will no longer be sent to district families Iowa (July 15, 2020)

7/15/2020 · School officials in the Logan-Magnolia Community School District will no longer send out religious messages to district families. In April, the district sent a mass email to parents that endorsed Easter and religion. The email read, in part: “Easter is normally a time of rebirth … More »

School-sponsored prayer ended in Georgia (July 13, 2020)

7/13/2020 · Thomas County Schools events will no longer contain school-sponsored prayer. A Thomas County Central High School student alerted FFRF that the school’s 2020 graduation ceremony opened with a scheduled invocation. Everyone in attendance was instructed to rise for the prayer and it was delivered “in … More »

Religious flyers will no longer be sent home with students at Mississippi school (July 9, 2020)

7/9/2020 · Booneville School District has addressed concerns over an overtly religious flyer that was sent home with students before Christmas last year. A Booneville community member reported that Anderson Elementary School’s kindergarten teachers sent a letter home with students asking children and parents to “remember the … More »

Bus driver ceases playing proselytizing radio stations in North Carolina (July 7, 2020)

7/7/2020 · County bus drivers in Duplin County have ceased playing proselytizing radio stations on the public bus. A local resident informed FFRF that many of the drivers for the Duplin County Transportation Department had been playing Christian radio stations that included religious music as well as … More »

Council prayer replaced with moment of silence (June 30, 2020)

6/30/2020 · Prayer at Norfolk City Council meetings will be replaced with a moment of silence. A local religious leader representing Satanic Norfolk reportedly had their offer to give an invocation at a Norfolk City Council meeting rescinded after the city clerk learned the leader’s religious … More »

Good News Club gets bad news in North Carolina (June 12, 2020)

6/12/2020 · District officials in Henderson County Public schools will address a religious club run by teachers at Hendersonville Elementary School. A community member alerted FFRF that elementary school teachers were hosting a Good New Club, a self-proclaimed child evangelism fellowship whose mission is to “evangelize boys … More »

Minnesota district ends baccalaureate service (June 9, 2020)

6/9/2020 · Independent School District 728 will make certain that staff are no longer involved in planning, organizing, supervising or carrying out a baccalaureate service in their capacity as district employees. A district student reported that Rogers High School sponsored and promoted a baccalaureate ceremony that took … More »

National Day of Prayer ended in Florida town (June 8, 2020)

6/8/2020 · The town of Callahan, Fla. will no longer sponsor a National Day of Prayer. The town reportedly had been sponsoring and organizing a National Day of Prayer event annually. This year’s event was held virtually and posted on the city of Callahan’s official website. The … More »

Religious content to be removed from website (June 5, 2020)

6/5/2020 · Religious content will be removed from a video on the Hutto (Texas) Independent School District website. A local resident informed FFRF that the school posted a video of its Teacher of the Year award on its official Facebook account, which featured a district principal speaking … More »

Bible verse taken off Michigan police website (June 4, 2020)

6/4/2020 · A bible verse was removed from the DeWitt Township Police Department website. The department had been displaying a verse from the bible, John 15:13, on a page memorializing a fallen officer. The verse read, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down … More »

Oklahoma school takes down religious post (June 4, 2020)

6/4/2020 · A religious post has been removed from Hinton Public Schools’ official social media page. FFRF was informed that a Hinton High School coach recently posted a religious message on the football team’s official Facebook page. In this post, he explained that “in the Hinton Football … More »

Religious reference removed from email (June 3, 2020)

6/3/2020 · A staff member at the Protected Species Division of NOAA Fisheries, a federal wildlife conservation organization, has removed a religious reference from its email signature. FFRF was informed that a government employee in the division was including two bible verses in her email signature on … More »

Teacher to stop reading religious stories to class (June 2, 2020)

6/2/2020 · A teacher in Fairview Area Schools has been instructed to cease reading religious stories to her class. A district parent informed FFRF that an elementary school music teacher read her class a story in which a man causes a blind girl to see again by … More »

FFRF has Gideons barred from Ga. school district (June 1, 2020)

6/1/2020 · A Georgia school district has stopped the Gideons from distributing bibles in a number of schools after FFRF raised several objections. Many parents reported to FFRF that Ebenezer Elementary School and Marlow Elementary School in the Effingham County Schools system allowed Gideons to enter classrooms, … More »

Minnesota teacher's religious service video removed from online learning platform (May 27, 2020)

5/27/2020 · A video featuring a Fergus Falls Public Schools teacher at a religious service has been removed from the district’s online learning platform. A district parent reported that after a student posted a video of the teacher leading a religious worship at a church service, he … More »

Religious post removed from Louisiana Sheriff's official Facebook page (May 26, 2020)

5/26/2020 · St. Mary’s Parish Sheriff’s Department has removed a religious post from its official Facebook page. A Franklin, La. resident informed FFRF that St. Mary’s Parish Sheriff’s Office posted a “special Easter message from Sheriff Blaise Smith,” including a video over 2 minutes in length that … More »

Student Performances will no longer take place at churches in Oregon (May 20, 2020)

5/20/2020 · No future Gresham-Barlow School District student performances will take place in the churches. A concerned district parent reported that the Deep Creek Damascus Middle School choir once again performed at a church that contained graphic religious iconography and required parents to pay the venue in … More »

West Virginia “prayer locker” removed from school property (May 19, 2020)

5/19/2020 · Preston County Schools has removed a “prayer locker” from school property. A concerned citizen alerted FFRF that Terra Alta/East Preston School had established a “prayer locker” for its students, marked with a Latin cross and sign that read: “Prayer Locker. Write your prayer request on … More »

School-sponsored prayer ended in Oklahoma (May 18, 2020)

5/18/2020 · Guthrie Public Schools officials have taken measures to ensure school-sponsored prayer will not continue in its schools. A district parent alerted FFRF that an official Guthrie Junior High event opened with a prayer that was scheduled as part of the event and appeared on the … More »

Public funds will not pay for religious displays in Texas (May 7, 2020)

5/7/2020 · Public funds will no longer be spent on erecting religious displays in Val Verde County, Texas. A local resident informed FFRF that the Val Verde County Commissioners Court approved allocation of $4,000 of county money to purchase rebar in order to build crosses to be … More »

Oklahoma Municipal Court stops coerced prayer (May 5, 2020)

5/5/2020 · Juveniles who appear before the Grove Municipal Court will no longer be coerced into praying and memorizing bible quotes by Judge Richard James. A local resident who was recently in James’ courtroom informed FFRF that during a regular session of his court, James hosted a … More »

Montana teacher will no longer proselytize to students (April 28, 2020)

4/28/2020 · A preaching Townsend School District #1 teacher has been reined in after routinely proselytizing to her elementary school students. A district parent reported that a music teacher at Townsend Elementary School had been initiating conversations with her second-grade students about God by asking them to … More »

Bible verse will be removed from West Virginia school property (April 26, 2020)

4/26/2020 · A bible verse will be removed from Wood County Schools property. A local resident reported that the Parkersburg South High School prominently features a bible verse, Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”), painted above one of the doors in … More »

FFRF and CREW settle lawsuit with HUD over open records denial (April 23, 2020)

4/23/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit against Secretary Ben Carson's Department of Housing and Urban Development for dodging records requests relating to a White House bible study. FFRF, a state/church watchdog, teamed up with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a government … More »

Bibles have been removed from Virginia school property (April 22, 2020)

4/22/2020 · In Virginia, bibles have been removed from “emergency blessing buckets” in Danville Public Schools. A Danville community member reported to FFRF that the district had partnered with God’s Pit Crew, a Christian organization, to stock its classrooms with “blessing buckets.” Each “blessing bucket” is filled … More »

Religious events will not be promoted on social media in a Georgia school district (April 4, 2020)

4/4/2020 · FFRF has seen to it that Franklin County Schools will no longer advertise religious events on its social media page. Franklin County Schools had been advertising a community-wide prayer event that takes place each Friday morning on Facebook. The event had been shared on the … More »

Religious posts removed from Oklahoma public school social media (March 31, 2020)

3/31/2020 · A religious social media post has been removed from the Valliant (Okla.) Public Schools social media page after FFRF contacted it. An area resident reported that Valliant High School’s baseball coach posted a message on the team’s Facebook page informing the team that this year’s … More »

Religious posts removed from Homeland Security and Emergency Management social media in W.V. (March 27, 2020)

3/27/2020 · The Gilmer County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has deleted a religious social media post after receiving a letter from FFRF. A local citizen reported that the department, in a Facebook post on March 24, stated that “tomorrow is national day of prayer … More »

Coaches will no longer lead prayers in Alabama school district (March 26, 2020)

3/26/2020 · Coaches in the Hartselle City School District are no longer leading prayers with students after FFRF got involved. A district parent alerted FFRF that Hartselle High School’s football coach had been leading his team in prayer. At the end of each team workout, the coach … More »

Staff involvement in religious event addressed in Alabama (March 26, 2020)

3/26/2020 · In Prattville, concerns regarding staff involvement in an Autauga County School District religious event have been addressed by administration. A local resident reported that Daniel Pratt Elementary School organized and promoted a “See You at the Pole” event last fall. The school’s principal reportedly led … More »

Alabama school district will not have a planned bible class partnership (March 24, 2020)

3/24/2020 · The Morgan County School District has indicated it is not moving forward with a planned bible class partnership, thanks to FFRF’s intervention. FFRF was alerted to a potential partnership between Morgan County Schools and Piedmont International University, which would establish a bible class for the … More »

Gideons International will no longer distribute bibles in public schools in Alabama (March 23, 2020)

3/23/2020 · Gideons International — the infamous evangelical association — will no longer be distributing bibles in Autauga County Schools in Prattville. A concerned district parent reported that a teacher at Daniel Pratt Elementary School used the school’s official communication channels to send a message to all … More »

Teachers will not be recruited as Salvation Army bell ringers in California (March 13, 2020)

3/13/2020 · Delano Joint Union High School District will no longer recruit teachers as bell ringers for The Salvation Army after FFRF got involved. A concerned community member informed FFRF that the district sent out a mass email seeking volunteers for The Salvation Army, an overtly Christian … More »

Religious reading materials removed in Virginia (March 10, 2020)

3/10/2020 · Religious reading materials have been removed from Arlington National Cemetery’s Administrative Building. A local resident reported that Arlington National Cemetery had a kiosk displaying Christian material in its administration building where families meet prior to burial. According to the complainant, the administration building only displayed … More »

Concealed-carry permit program extended from just churches in Ohio (March 10, 2020)

3/10/2020 · A free concealed-carry permit program has been extended to include all nonprofits rather than just churches in Butler County. A Hamilton citizen reported to FFRF that the Butler County Sheriff’s Office was offering free concealed-carry weapons training to churches. The classes were reportedly only intended … More »

Religious language will be no longer included in Montana flag folding ceremony (March 10, 2020)

3/10/2020 · The Libby School District’s Veteran’s Day assembly will no longer include religious language as part of a flag folding ceremony. A district community member reported that during last year’s ceremony, student participants were provided with a script that claimed to explain the meaning of each … More »

Missouri teacher will no longer hand out rosaries as "prizes" (March 10, 2020)

3/10/2020 · FFRF has prompted Hogan Preparatory Academy in Kansas City to address complaints of a teacher handing out rosaries as “prizes” to students. A concerned Hogan Academy parent reported to FFRF that, after handing out rosaries, this teacher told students that, if they carry the rosary, … More »

Michigan high school coach will cease proselytizing (March 10, 2020)

3/10/2020 · A Sparta Area Schools coach has been instructed to cease religious proselytizing to his team. A district parent reported that a Sparta High School football coach used his position to promote a religious event to students and their families. According to the parent, this coach … More »

Religious posts deleted in Kentucky (March 10, 2020)

3/10/2020 · Ludlow Independent Schools has deleted religious posts on its official district social media pages. A district parent informed FFRF that a teacher at Mary A. Goetz Elementary School had been using her official position as a district employee to promote her Christian youth group to … More »

Religious posts removed in Kentucky (March 10, 2020)

3/10/2020 · Religious posts have been removed from the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office official social media page. A concerned area resident reported that a recent post on the office’s Facebook page concluded with the bible verse Galatians 6:9 — “So let’s not get tired of doing what … More »

Constitutionally inappropriate partnership ended Indiana (March 10, 2020)

3/10/2020 · A constitutionally inappropriate partnership within the Lakeland School Corporation in LaGrange will not continue. A community member reported that Lakeland Middle School organized a field trip to pack meals for Feed My Starving Children, an overtly Christian charitable organization. During the trip, the group’s staff … More »

Outside religious leaders will not attend student club meetings in Illinois (March 10, 2020)

3/10/2020 · Outside adults, including religious leaders, will no longer be allowed to attend student club meetings in Arcola School District #56. A student contacted FFRF to report that the Arcola High School Students with a Testimony club’s Tuesday meetings were regularly attended by an outside pastor … More »

Annual winter concert moved to non-church location in California (March 10, 2020)

3/10/2020 · An annual winter concert program in the Merced City School District will be moved to a non-church location in future years. A district parent reported that last year, Burbank Elementary School held a Christmas concert at a nearby church. According to the parent, the church … More »

Religious invocations addressed at Arizona high School (May 10, 2020)

3/10/2020 · Yuma Union High School District has taken exemplary action to address a state/church violation in its school. A Kofa High School student contacted FFRF to report that the 2019 Kofa High School graduation ceremony included an invocation. This invocation was scheduled in advance by the … More »

Students will no longer be subjected to religious promotion in Pennsylvania school district (March 10, 2020)

3/10/2020 · After hearing from FFRF, administrators in the Lackawanna Trail School District have taken several affirmative steps to ensure that students are no longer subject to religious promotion during athletic events. FFRF was informed that before each Lackawanna Trail High School football game, the team gathered … More »

Tide turns toward Constitution in Alabama (March 9, 2020)

3/9/2020 · FFRF’s legal team was successful in getting four Alabama school districts to end state/church violations recently. In the Jefferson County School District, a concerned parent reported that Gideons were allowed inside McAdory Elementary School to hand out bibles to students. The complainant’s child was given … More »

Fundraisers entangled with religion no longer held in Kentucky sheriff office (March 9, 2020)

3/9/2020 · The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office told FFRF it will ensure that it no longer holds fundraisers entangled with religion. A county resident alerted FFRF to a fundraiser hosted by the sheriff’s office, which raised money for the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. According to local news, … More »

Menorah removed from Arizona school district property (March 6, 2020)

3/6/2020 · A menorah has been removed from Chandler Unified School District property. An area resident reported that Perry High School had been displaying a 7-foot-tall menorah in its front office. This menorah was apparently built by a local club for Jewish teenagers who received permission from … More »

Multiple violations have been remedied in Ohio school district (March 4, 2020)

3/4/2020 · Several violations have been remedied in the Ottoville Local School District, thanks to FFRF. An Ottoville community member reported that the district was holding Catholic religious classes for students each morning. According to the complainant, these religious classes were taught by public school teachers in … More »

Religious sign removed in Florida (March 2, 2020)

3/2/2020 · A religious sign has been removed from the Orange County Tax Collector’s office inside the West Oaks Mall, which was previously on display to the public. This sign read, “Faith — it does not make things easy it makes them possible — Luke 1:37.” FFRF … More »

Serious state-church violation remedied in New York (February 27, 2020)

2/27/2020 · Holland Patent Central School District has remedied a serious state-church violation. A concerned district parent recently reported to FFRF that a Holland Patent High School biology teacher began a lesson on evolution by undermining the theory of evolution, denigrating those who understand and accept the … More »

Kentucky religious displays removed from school property (February 27, 2020)

2/27/2020 · Numerous religious displays have been removed from Letcher County Public Schools property after the school district received letters of complaint from FFRF. A concerned Whitesburg resident reported to FFRF that Letcher Central High School had a bible verse on display in its locker room. The … More »

School-sponsored prayers and religious worship ended in Missouri school district (February 25, 2020)

2/25/2020 · FFRF scored a constitutional win against the Missouri attorney general after a school district ignored his advice about football team prayers. FFRF had sent a letter in October to Cameron R-1 School District Superintendent Matt Robinson about Cameron High School’s head football coach, Jeff Wallace, … More »

“See You At The Pole” event will not recur in Kansas (February 24, 2020)

2/24/2020 · A “See You At The Pole” event will not recur in the Coffeyville Public Schools. A concerned district staff member reported that other staff organized and endorsed a “See You at the Pole” event. The complainant reports that an email was sent from two district … More »

FFRF and AHA challenge cross in Pensacola public park (2020)

2/19/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association filed suit over a government-owned cross in the city of Pensacola, Fla. on May 4, 2016. One version or another of the cross, which sits in Bayview Park, has stood for more than 50 … More »

Prayers at public works employee meetings in Utah stopped (February 18, 2020)

2/18/2020 · Prayers at public works employee meetings in the city of Provo have been stopped. A city employee alerted FFRF that government meetings routinely featured a prayer before meals, always on city property and always at the request of management, who are all Mormons. FFRF Staff Attorney … More »

Several religious posts removed from Oklahoma police department (February 18, 2020)

2/18/2020 · The Fort Gibson Police Department has removed several religious posts, including a bible verse on a department recruitment poster, following a response by FFRF. The Fort Gibson Police Department Facebook page was promoting Christianity, namely, the cover photo on the page quoted from the book … More »

Maryland public school will no longer endorse religion (February 14, 2020)

2/14/2020 · Staff at Frederick County Public Schools have been reminded of district policy and their legal obligation to refrain from impermissibly endorsing religion. A district community member informed FFRF of on-field prayer after an October football game between Walkersville High and Catoctin High and what appeared … More »

Charter school will no affiliate and advertise religious organizations Colorado (February 13, 2020)

2/13/2020 · The Vanguard School, a charter school in the Cheyenne Mountain School District in Colorado Springs, will refrain from advertising for and affiliating itself with religious organizations in the future. A district parent reported that each year, the school holds a “Thanksgiving Baskets” fundraiser for St. … More »

School district in Illinois will no longer start school-sponsored events with prayer (February 13, 2020)

2/13/2020 · Washington Park School District has taken steps to make sure that school-sponsored events no longer start with prayer. A local resident alerted FFRF that multiple recent Washington Park District-sponsored events had begun with prayer. According to the complainant, the district promotes, schedules and staffs local … More »

FFRF, AU, and ACLU put an end to discriminatory religious invocations in Brevard County, FL (February 12, 2020)

2/12/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, together with Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, filed a federal lawsuit on July 7, 2015, challenging censorship of nontheists by Brevard County (Fla.) … More »

School resources will not promote religion in Texas (February 11, 2020)

2/11/2020 · Staff in the Goldthwaite Independent School District have been reminded of their obligation not to use school resources to promote religion. A community member reported that the Goldthwaite Lady Eagle Basketball Facebook page was used to promote two religious events — See You at the … More »

Florida county must pay $490K in legal fees (February 11, 2020)

2/11/2020 · Brevard County, Fla., must pay nearly half a million dollars in legal fees and damages after losing a case to FFRF and others. The Brevard County Commission refused to allow atheists, including FFRF Member David Williamson, to give an invocation at the start of commission … More »

Arkansas school district will not promote religion (February 10, 2020)

2/10/2020 · The Springdale School District has committed to working with local partners to ensure that community events are not promoting religion. A district staff member informed FFRF that each year the district requires staff members to attend a back-to-school event sponsored by local businesses and held … More »

Nevada district ceases prayer (February 10, 2020)

2/10/2020 · As of Feb. 10, the Clark County School District in Las Vegas has discontinued the practice of beginning school board meetings with prayer after receiving an official complaint from FFRF. FFRF was made aware that the Clark County School District Board of Trustees meetings began … More »

Multiple signs for church parking removed from New Jersey city property (February 7, 2020)

2/7/2020 · Multiple signs for church parking have been removed from Matawan city property. FFRF Staff Attorney Maddy Ziegler wrote to Mayor Joseph Altomonte, after FFRF received a local complaint that three signs, reading “Second Baptist Church Parking Only, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Sun. & Religious Holidays,” were … More »

Bible-distributing Gideons will no longer be allowed in Ark. public school (February 7, 2020)

2/7/2020 · Bible-distributing Gideons will no longer be allowed in Mountain View School District schools. A concerned parent reported to FFRF that members of Gideons International were allowed into Mountain View Middle School to pass out bibles to students during class. FFRF’s complainant reported that their child’s … More »

Prayer before government-sponsored training sessions stopped in West Virginia (February 7, 2020)

2/7/2020 · Prayer before government-sponsored training sessions has been stopped in Martinsburg. A local community member reported that the poll worker training class led by Berkeley County Council began with the Lord’s Prayer. FFRF Legal Fellow Brendan Johnson alerted Doug Copenhaver, the council’s president, of this unconstitutional … More »

Gideons will no longer pass out bibles to students in Arkansas (February 7, 2020)

2/7/2020 · The Mountain View School District administration has addressed a complaint that Gideons passed out bibles to students in the district. A concerned parent reported that Gideons were allowed into Mountain View Middle School to pass out bibles to students during class. The teacher apparently welcomed … More »

Texas airport has removed scheduled prayer from events (February 6, 2020)

2/6/2020 · The San Antonio International Airport has removed scheduled prayer from its volunteer event schedules. A member of the airport’s Ambassador Program reported to FFRF that Christian prayer had continually preceded volunteer appreciation luncheons at the airport. The airport apparently regularly scheduled an invocation before these … More »

Religious meetings will no longer be required in Texas school district (February 5, 2020)

2/5/2020 · The Mesquite Independent School District has conscientiously redressed a serious state/church violation. A community member reported that Frasier Middle School football players were required to attend a religious meeting in the gym after practice. The meeting was led by an outside group, Men of Honor. … More »

Prayers before the annual homecoming parade halted in Texas (February 5, 2020)

2/5/2020 · Prayers before the annual homecoming parade have been stopped in the Conroe School District. A Conroe community member reported that last year’s homecoming parade began with a prayer being read over the loudspeaker in Moorhead Stadium. This prayer was reportedly overtly Christian as it involved … More »

Coach-led prayer addressed in West Virginia (February 4, 2020)

2/4/2020 · Mineral County Schools in Ridgeley has committed to addressing complaints of coach-led prayer in the district. A concerned district parent contacted FFRF to report that Frankfort High School Football coaches prayed with their players on the field after a game. FFRF Legal Fellow Brendan Johnson … More »

School will no longer have invocation in Louisiana (February 4, 2020)

2/4/2020 · Lafayette School District administrators have been reminded of district legal policies governing religion in schools after a student was scheduled to lead an invocation. A district member reported to FFRF that Broussard Middle School scheduled a student to lead an invocation at its end-of-the-year ceremony. … More »

Religious display removed from Texas public school (February 4, 2020)

2/4/2020 · A religious display has been removed from Montgomery Independent School District property. A district community member informed FFRF that the receptionist at Montgomery High School had a Christian cross and a sign reading “pray, trust, wait.” on display in the school’s front office, a space … More »

Council replaces prayer with secular message (January 30, 2020)

1/30/2020 · A West Virginia city council has replaced a routine prayer before meetings with a secular alternative following a complaint from FFRF. A concerned Wheeling citizen reported to FFRF that each Wheeling City Council meeting began with a prayer. These prayers were reportedly led by City … More »

Texas remedies violation at public high school (January 24, 2020)

1/24/2020 · A Texas public school district will properly charge a religious ministry for the use of its property per FFRF’s recent advice. A concerned community member reported to FFRF that an event called “Fields of Faith” has been repeatedly held at the Sulphur Springs High School … More »

Virginia public high school has removed a large prayer display (January 23, 2020)

1/23/2020 · A high school in the Wythe County Public School District in Max Meadows has removed a large prayer display from its lunchroom. A concerned community member reported that Fort Chiswell High School was displaying a religious prayer on a large placard in its cafeteria that … More »

Poster advertising a religious camp in Minnesota removed (January 8, 2020)

1/8/2020 · A poster advertising a religious camp has been removed from public school property in Fergus Falls, Minn. A district parent reported that a teacher at Fergus Falls Middle School had been promoting and endorsing a Christian camp to his students. The camp is called Camp … More »

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