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FFRF & CREW sue over Ben Carson FOIA violations

1/26/2018 · 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, has teamed up with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers at MN City Council (December 28, 2017)

12/28/2017 · It was brought to FFRF’s attention that the Little Falls City Council in Minnesota was opening each year’s first meeting with a Christian prayer. Members of the Franciscan Sisters have given the opening invocation in 2016 and 2017, and have been exclusively been given … More »

Colorado town ends worship event support (December 26, 2017)

12/26/2017 · FFRF has ended an annual unconstitutional religious event put on by a Colorado town. Each year, the town of Gypsum was hosting a community worship event called “Praise in the Park” as part of its summer celebration, “Gypsum Daze.” The event included live performances of … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers at a Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast (December 22, 2017)

12/22/2017 · FFRF got involved after being informed that the city of Buena Park, Calif., was hosting an annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. Although a nonprofit organization was promoted as presenting the prayer breakfast, the city’s website was advertising the event and instructing the public to send RSVPs … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers in Utah (December 20, 2017)

12/20/2017 · On Aug. 17, FFRF wrote to the Tooele County School District in Utah over unconstitutional promotion of religion by the district superintendent. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that at the 2017 annual and mandatory meeting the district has at the beginning of its school … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers at Kentucky Elementary school (December 19, 2017)

12/19/2017 · After receiving multiple reports from concerned parents that a Kentucky public elementary school was promoting religion to its students, FFRF got involved. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that a teacher at Valley Elementary School in Pikeville, Ky., was requiring students to say a … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers at Kansas High School (December 18, 2017)

12/18/2017 · A concerned parent reported to FFRF that the principal of Oskaloosa Junior/Senior High School in Kansas had led students, parents and faculty in a prayer at the 2017 Fall Athletic Banquet, which was held to recognize all of the students who were in sports … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers in Elementary School (December 6, 2017)

12/6/2017 · After it was reported to FFRF that a second-grade teacher at Ashford Elementary School in Alabama was leading her students in daily prayer before lunch, FFRF took action. FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line wrote to Houston County Schools Superintendent David Sewell on Dec. 4 to … More »

Bible study no longer sponsored by S.C. city (December 5, 2017)

12/5/2017 · It was brought to FFRF’s attention that the city of Newberry, S.C., was regularly sponsoring a Christian “Bibles and Badges” bible study. The studies were being held in city facilities and the city was listed on social media as the meeting host. The city’s … More »

Kentucky school ends religious violations (December 5, 2017)

12/5/2017 · A concerned student contacted FFRF to report that students and staff at Christian County High School in Kentucky had participated in a See You at the Pole event on school property in September 2017, during which staff led students in prayer. Additionally, FFRF learned … More »

Religious project stopped in Ohio school (December 3, 2017)

12/3/2017 · An Ohio public school will not be promoting religion in the future after a concerned parent reported to FFRF that Big Walnut High School was participating in “Operation Christmas Child,” a Christian ministry the school had been participating in for 25 years. FFRF Patrick O’Reiley … More »

Religious decor removed from elementary school (November 20, 2017)

11/20/2017 · Religious decor is no longer on display in Ricardo Elementary School in Kingsville, Texas, thanks to FFRF. Action was taken after FFRF received a complaint from a concerned parent that a wreath with a Latin cross on it was hanging on the school's office … More »

FFRF nixes Jesus from Texas school (November 20, 2017)

11/20/2017 · A parent of a student in the Weatherford Independent School District in Texas reported to FFRF that a religious club called "Kids Beach Club" was permitted to set up a table to advertise during a recent open house event at Crockett Elementary. The table had … More »

FFRF halts Texas school prayer walk (November 17, 2017)

11/17/2017 · It was brought to FFRF's attention that Summer Creek High School in Houston hosted a "prayer walk" on Sept. 10 at the school to commemorate its recent merger with Kingwood High School. The official Summer Creek High School page had promoted the event under … More »

FFRF serves up law to pizza joint (November 17, 2017)

11/17/2017 · A local patron of Johnny Brusco's New York Style Pizza in Bentonville, Ark., informed FFRF that the restaurant was offering and promoting a 10 percent discount on Sundays to customers presenting a church bulletin. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote to the manager to inform … More »

FFRF earns victory in Oklahoma (November 17, 2017)

11/17/2017 · FFRF has stopped some Oklahoma middle school kids from being forced to regularly listen to Christian music during the school day. A concerned parent informed FFRF that teachers at Adair Middle School in Adair, Okla., were playing Christian music during class. One teacher reportedly played … More »

Christian messages axed (November 14, 2017)

11/14/2017 · It was reported to FFRF that a principal at Little Axe Middle School in Norman, Okla., gave a Christian invocation at a staff dinner this past August asking Jesus "to inspire" the new teachers. FFRF was also informed that the school's baseball coach had … More »

Arkansas violations get cleared up (November 14, 2017)

11/14/2017 · FFRF has had prayer struck from a performance at an Arkansas elementary school. FFRF learned that students at Westside Elementary School in Jonesboro, Ark., were going to perform in a Thanksgiving-themed program with music and poetry. Students were sent home with a list of lyrics … More »

Taking care of business in Lone Star state (November 13, 2017)

11/13/2017 · A couple of community members contacted FFRF to report that two constitutional violations took place within the Corpus Christi Independent School District. After a Miller High School football game in Corpus Christi, Texas, players and coaches had congregated in the middle of the field … More »

FFRF quiets worship music at Indiana school (November 10, 2017)

11/10/2017 · FFRF was informed that a choir director for Loogootee middle and high schools in Indiana had been using her position to promote religion to students in the school’s choir program. The program had been performing overwhelmingly Christian music and choir students were being required to … More »

FFRF ends school’s violations (November 9, 2017)

11/9/2017 · After it was reported to FFRF that numerous constitutional violations were taking place at Chandler Junior High School in Chandler, Okla., action was promptly taken. FFRF was informed that the dress code — which had been posted by the school on Facebook — prohibits … More »

Coaches no longer will See You at the Pole (November 3, 2017)

11/3/2017 · FFRF learned that a football and track coach at Anna High School in Texas had participated in a See You at the Pole event on school property in September, which opened with prayer. Additionally, the school was advertising a See You at the Pole … More »

No more proselytizing at elementary school (October 27, 2017)

10/27/2017 · It was reported to FFRF that Westside Elementary School in Jonesboro, Ark., hosted a presentation by a Christian minister this September in the school gymnasium. During the presentation, the children were given rubber bracelets from the local Philadelphia Baptist Church that read, "PBC Living God, … More »

Baseball coaches cease prayers (October 23, 2017)

10/23/2017 · After a community member reported to FFRF that coaches for the Oktaha High School baseball team in Oktaha, Okla., had been praying with the team, FFRF's Patrick O'Reiley Legal Fellow Christopher Line wrote to Superintendent Jerry Needham to ensure that the district coaches end … More »

Michigan schools stop holding prayer circles (October 17, 2017)

10/17/2017 · FFRF has equipped a coaching staff in a Michigan school district to have a better understanding of the First Amendment. On Sept. 28, a prayer ritual was performed after a football player was injured in a game between Bay City High School and H.H. Dow … More »

Tennessee football team prayers to end (October 13, 2017)

10/13/2017 · FFRF has ensured that public prayers will not be announced during football games in a Tennessee school district. It was reported to FFRF that at the start of a football game at McEwen Junior High in Waverly, Tenn., a Christian prayer was delivered over the … More »

FFRF earns victory in Iowa high school (October 11, 2017)

10/11/2017 · A concerned parent informed FFRF that a football coach for Waukee High School in Waukee, Iowa, had instituted team prayer and devotionals. The team's head coach, Scott Carlson, had been praying with the team before and after every game, and requested that players join him. … More »

FFRF mends violations in Texas school district (October 11, 2017)

10/11/2017 · A Texas school district will comply with its constitutional duty to remain neutral in matters of religion after hearing from FFRF. It was reported to FFRF that West Elementary School in Lubbock, Texas, had been advertising a private Christian-orientated prayer rally event, "See You at … More »

Baccalaureate service no longer promoted (October 10, 2017)

10/10/2017 · FFRF was informed that Warwick Valley High School in Warwick, N.Y., was continuing to promote a baccalaureate service for graduating seniors that FFRF had raised constitutional concerns about in the past. The Warwick Valley Central School District's official website and calendar promote the religious event. … More »

Kansas team guidelines given secular update (October 5, 2017)

10/5/2017 · FFRF has ensured that a Kansas school football staff will prioritize its constitutional duty to keep personal religion out of coaching tactics. FFRF was informed that the guidelines in the Eisenhower Middle School football program indicated that God is the team's first priority. FFRF Legal … More »

Religious event ends at Alabama school (October 4, 2017)

10/4/2017 · An Alabama principal has been given a lesson on the First Amendment, courtesy of FFRF. It was reported to FFRF that Roger Wilkinson, the principal of Mitchell Elementary School in Gadsden, Ala., sent a message out to all parents and students promoting a "See You … More »

FFRF removes biblical game in Florida park (October 2, 2017)

10/2/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, children in a Florida town can enjoy a public playground free of religious propaganda. A resident informed FFRF that on a visit to R.E. Olds Park in Oldsmar, Fla., she had stumbled upon a small playground with a picture game that depicted … More »

New Jersey school halts promotion of worship (October 2, 2017)

10/2/2017 · After receiving warning from FFRF, a New Jersey school district will cease its unconstitutional sponsorship of divisive religious activities. It was reported to FFRF that the Millville Board of Education co-sponsored an event that included Christian worship. The event, Millville Elk's Donald "Ducky" Sharp Youth … More »

Professor receives lesson on constitution (October 1, 2017)

10/1/2017 · A professor at a Kansas public university will no longer be holding classes in a religious setting after FFRF took action. It was reported to FFRF that a professor at Wichita State University was holding her chemistry classes in a religious coffee shop that described … More »

Texas school district to make secular changes (September 29, 2017)

9/29/2017 · FFRF has halted religious promotion taking place in a Texas school district. FFRF learned that the Lyford Consolidated School District in Lyford, Texas, was sending home permission slips with fifth-grade students so that the students could take bibles distributed by the district. FFRF was also … More »

FFRF protects students’ freedom from pledges (September 28, 2017)

9/28/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a Wisconsin teacher has a better understanding of students' First Amendment rights. It was brought to FFRF's attention by a concerned parent that a third-grade teacher at Frank Allis Elementary School in Madison, Wis., was forcing students to stand up for the … More »

Religion in Texas district exterminated (September 27, 2017)

9/27/2017 · FFRF put the kibosh on future unconstitutional religious events hosted by a public school district in Texas. It was reported to FFRF that the Burkburnett Independent School District in Texas was advertising a “Family Night” event with the first scheduled activity titled “YOUTH GROUPS Gather … More »

FFRF halts religious promotion in school (September 27, 2017)

9/27/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a public school district in Texas has ceased its distribution of Christian propaganda. A concerned community member informed FFRF that administrators at Wood River Elementary in Corpus Christi, Texas, sent an email promoting the event “See You at the Pole,” a Christian-oriented … More »

Alabama school ceases unlawful prayer (September 27, 2017)

9/27/2017 · After a concerned community member reported that a principal in an Alabama public school district organized a prayer event, FFRF took action. FFRF learned that a principal at Mill Creek Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala., invited the public to pray for the school district community … More »

Oklahoma sheriff’s office removes quote (September 26, 2017)

9/26/2017 · A bible quote has been removed from an Oklahoma sheriff’s office building after FFRF warned against promoting religion on behalf of the government. The bible passage quoting Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God,” was on visible … More »

Teacher to stop pushing student prayers (September 21, 2017)

9/21/2017 · A concerned parent alerted FFRF that a kindergarten teacher in the Booneville School District in Booneville, Miss., was selecting a student each day to lead her class in a pre-lunch prayer. On Sept. 7, FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote to the school district, cautioning … More »

Texas district won’t promote religion (September 13, 2017)

9/13/2017 · A Texas school will no longer unlawfully promote religion after receiving a legal letter from FFRF. A parent contacted FFRF to let it know that at Judson High School in Live Oak, Texas, a religious invocation and benediction had been delivered at the school's graduation … More »

Texas district to halt teacher-led prayers (September 13, 2017)

9/13/2017 · A school district in Texas has taken precautions to ensure that it does not endorse Christianity after receiving a letter from FFRF over staff meeting prayers. A district employee contacted FFRF to report that during an in-school training day at Brewer High School in Fort … More »

FFRF muffles prayer in Arkansas school (September 8, 2017)

9/8/2017 · A principal at an Arkansas elementary school will no longer be pushing prayer after the district received a letter from FFRF addressing a constitutional complaint. A concerned community member informed FFRF that a principal at Allen Elementary School in Siloam Springs, Ark., had invited first- … More »

Church recruiters in school told to scram (September 8, 2017)

9/8/2017 · A Louisiana middle school has heeded FFRF’s warning over a serious constitutional violation. FFRF took action after it learned that a “Field Day” event hosted by Scott M. Brame Middle School in Alexandria, La., was sponsored by the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes and staffed … More »

FFRF squashes godly speech in Texas school (September 8, 2017)

9/8/2017 · After receiving a legal letter from FFRF, a Texas school district has taken steps to keep its commencement speeches secular and lawful. It was reported to FFRF that during a commencement speech in the Quitman Independent School District in Quitman, Texas, a parent speaker quoted … More »

California school gets constitution lesson (September 7, 2017)

9/7/2017 · The staff in a California school district has been educated by FFRF on constitutional concepts after a First Amendment violation was addressed. FFRF was informed that a teacher at Roseville High in Roseville, Calif., had been pressuring students to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance … More »

Texas school shuns Gideons from campus (September 5, 2017)

9/5/2017 · Students at a Texas elementary school won't be herded to receive Gideon bibles after FFRF sent a warning to the school district over the constitutional violation. It was reported to FFRF that teachers at West Fountain Elementary School in Wichita Falls, Texas, had lined students up … More »

California school expels prayers (August 30, 2017)

8/30/2017 · A California elementary school will no longer be including prayers in its graduation ceremonies after receiving a warning from FFRF. A concerned parent informed FFRF that an elementary graduation ceremony at Blochman Union School District in Santa Maria, Calif., included an invocation and benediction led … More »

FFRF gives Alabama school lesson on law (August 28, 2017)

8/28/2017 · An Alabama school district will not be promoting religious events, thanks to FFRF's involvement. FFRF was informed that Fairview High School in Cullman, Ala., had used its televised morning announcements to advertise a religious event, the "Decide" Youth Rally, which took place in January at … More »

Virginia school division ceases staff prayers (August 28, 2017)

8/28/2017 · A Virginia school division in Smithfield will no longer include prayer in its mandatory employee convocations. It was reported to FFRF that every year at the Isle of Wight County School Division convocations, a guest speaker would lead the staff in a Christian prayer. At the … More »

South Carolina transit to run on ‘Good Friday’ (August 25, 2017)

8/25/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a South Carolina transit system will be up and running on Good Friday. It was reported to FFRF that the Spartanburg Area Transit System in South Carolina did not run on the Christian holy day, Good Friday, on April 14. FFRF's Legal Director … More »

Ohio school won’t teach creationism anymore (August 24, 2017)

8/24/2017 · FFRF and Americans United have ensured that creationist myths will no longer be taught at an online Ohio public charter school based out of Akron. A concerned parent of an Ohio Distance & Electronic Learning Academy student contacted FFRF to report the school's biology classes … More »

FFRF pushes for secular school supplies (August 18, 2017)

8/18/2017 · FFRF has ensured that an elementary school in Texas will no longer be partnering with a religious organization for school supplies. It was reported to FFRF that Glen Rose Elementary School in Glen Rose, Texas, had partnered with a Christian organization, School Tool Box, to … More »

Missouri school coach won’t give prayers (August 15, 2017)

8/15/2017 · FFRF has put the kibosh on coach-led prayers at a school district in Shelbina, Mo. It was reported to FFRF that the South Shelby High School football coach, Rob Wilt, was leading prayers with student-athletes after games last year. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott wrote to … More »

Superintendent won’t lead prayers in Texas (August 11, 2017)

8/11/2017 · FFRF was able to get a superintendent to stop leading prayers at school-related functions. FFRF learned the superintendent of Crosby Independent School District in Crosby, Texas, had led a prayer at an awards ceremony for students and led similar prayers at Crosby High School graduation … More »

Missouri school steps away from religion (August 9, 2017)

8/9/2017 · A community member contacted FFRF over a promotion of religion at Cole Camp High School in Missouri during the school's Senior Awards Night, and FFRF promptly took action. A school staff member had promoted a religious baccalaureate service scheduled immediately after the school-sponsored award … More »

Idaho school district complies with FFRF (August 7, 2017)

8/7/2017 · FFRF has ensured that a school district in Twin Falls, Idaho, will keep religion out of its assemblies. A district parent reported to FFRF that in February all district secondary schools in the Twin Falls School District held a mandatory student assembly featuring a guest … More »

FFRF ends prayers at Michigan school (August 3, 2017)

8/3/2017 · After learning of a state/church violation that occurred at Delton Kellogg Schools in Michigan, FFRF took action to ensure religious rituals are kept out of school events. FFRF was informed that the district held a Veterans Day concert in November 2016 at Delton Kellogg High … More »

FFRF turns off Georgia school’s Christian music (August 3, 2017)

8/3/2017 · FFRF has ensured that a teacher at Whitewater Middle School in Gainesville, Ga., has changed his tune and will keep religion out of his classroom. A parent of a student attending the middle school informed FFRF that an eighth-grade science teacher, Matthew Mundock, was playing … More »

Pennsylvania manor gets secular makeover (August 1, 2017)

8/1/2017 · The Palmyra Interfaith Manor in Lebanon, Penn., has removed a large collection of Christian iconography that had decorated its common areas. A resident of the manor reported to FFRF that Latin crosses, angels and depictions of Mary, Joseph and Jesus decorated the lobby and community … More »

Wisconsin school ends religious ties (August 1, 2017)

8/1/2017 · FFRF has snipped the ties between a Wisconsin elementary school and a religious financial firm. It was brought to the attention of FFRF that Bristol Elementary School in Bristol, Wis., had partnered with Thrivent Financial, a Christian financial services firm that openly discriminates based on … More »

Banners removed from Georgia school (July 31, 2017)

7/31/2017 · The Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga., will not be promoting an evangelical group or displaying Christian symbols in its cafeteria after FFRF sent a letter over a constitutional violation. FFRF was informed by a troubled parent that two large, seemingly permanent banners showcasing Christian … More »

FFRF removes dogma from Missouri school (July 31, 2017)

7/31/2017 · The Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Mo., will not be be teaching misleading, faith-based curriculum in the future after FFRF raised constitutional and health concerns. A local faith-based organization, Thrive St. Louis, has been teaching sex education in district schools. The group operates "crisis pregnancy … More »

Michigan town ends school-endorsed prayer (July 28, 2017)

7/28/2017 · FFRF has taken action to ensure that students in Breitung Township Schools in Kingsford, Mich., will no longer be socially pressured into participating in religious rituals. This past spring, the district’s Eighth-Grade Dinner Dance included a prayer that students were instructed to recite before a … More »

FFRF fixes up Texas school’s religion policy (July 27, 2017)

7/27/2017 · A Texas high school will no longer be using graduation events to unconstitutionally promote Christianity after FFRF contacted the school district over several state/church violations. FFRF was informed that the graduation events at Big Sandy High School were laced with religion. During a senior banquet … More »

FFRF nixes religion from state event (July 26, 2017)

7/26/2017 · FFRF has ensured that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services will not entangle itself with religion when sponsoring events. The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Southwest Wisconsin (ADRC) sponsored a dementia workshop on June 15 exclusively for faith community leaders. Religion was advertised in … More »

Bible banished from view at Virginia college (July 25, 2017)

7/25/2017 · The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has removed a religious text from a display after receiving a warning letter from FFRF. An employee reached out to FFRF over a bible being displayed on the table outside the office of the director of the teaching hospital. … More »

School bus advertising Jesus hits roadblock (July 24, 2017)

7/24/2017 · A public school bus rolling through Tennessee will no longer be doubling as Christian propaganda on wheels. A concerned resident informed FFRF that a school bus for the Bedford County School District in Shelbyville, Tenn., was showcasing a large bumper sticker that read, "Easter … More »

California post office tosses prayers (July 21, 2017)

7/21/2017 · A U.S. post office plant in Richmond, Calif., has agreed to end government-endorsed prayers after receiving a letter from FFRF. At a potluck held by the post office plant in December 2016, a pre-meal prayer was led "in Jesus' name." At a luncheon four days … More »

Kansas school agrees to be religiously inclusive (July 20, 2017)

7/20/2017 · A Kansas school district superintendent has agreed to restrain himself from praying with his employees at school functions. A concerned employee informed FFRF that at an awards meeting for retiring staff, Independence Unified School District Superintendent Rusty Arnold asked the audience to join him in … More »

FFRF seals up victory in Florida post office (July 20, 2017)

7/20/2017 · A U.S. post office in Miami, Fla., will no longer be unconstitutionally promoting religion after receiving a letter from FFRF. FFRF was informed that a poster reading, "To all South Florida District Employees who have been called to serve, our thoughts and prayers are with … More »

Christian radio station on bus gets turned off (July 18, 2017)

7/18/2017 · FFRF commends a Wisconsin school district for turning off a Christian broadcasting station on a school bus. Early in the spring, FFRF Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne sent a letter to the Stevens Point Area Public School District due to concerns over a bus driver who … More »

Ohio county’s plan ends over faith-based services (July 18, 2017)

7/18/2017 · FFRF has stopped an Ohio county's attempt to divert public dollars to exclusively religious organizations. In August, it was brought to FFRF's attention that Cuyahoga County had issued a "request for proposal" so that it could offer outreach services limited to faith-based organizations or coalitions … More »

University of Florida program sets it right (July 14, 2017)

7/14/2017 · FFRF has ensured that a program at the University of Florida in Gainesville will remain neutral regarding religion. FFRF contacted the university over a mandatory program it planned to implement for all undergraduate students called "UF Quest," which contained aspects that appeared to advance or … More »

Christian message replaced in Md. school (July 11, 2017)

7/11/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, an elementary school in Frederick, Md., has agreed to expunge a proselytizing message to its students. A concerned local resident informed FFRF that Lincoln Elementary had been displaying a religious sculpture in its foyer that had been donated by a Rotary Club. … More »

FFRF has religion fished out from Illinois contest (July 10, 2017)

7/10/2017 · An Illinois statewide fishing competition will not be angling for religion, thanks to FFRF. A concerned Illinois resident informed FFRF that the Illinois High School Association, in conjunction with the Fishing League Worldwide, started this year's 2017 IHSA Bass Fishing State Finals for member Illinois … More »

Indoctrination removed from hunter training (July 10, 2017)

7/10/2017 · Due to the FFRF, there won't be any Christian indoctrination permitted during official hunter training in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department facilitates hunter safety classes throughout New Hampshire. A person who contacted FFRF attended a class on April 6-8 hosted by … More »

N.C. sheriff’s office complies with FFRF (June 24, 2017)

6/24/2017 · FFRF recently sent a letter to the Ashe County Sheriff's Office, based in Jefferson, objecting to a "Time of Prayer" event it was scheduled to host on June 24. Highlighting the event was a prayer led by Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of the … More »

Ohio school will have a Christ-free school year (June 20, 2017)

6/20/2017 · A school district in Smithville, Ohio, won't be scheduling Christianity into its school calendar or holiday decorating activities anymore. Green Local Schools District featured a overtly Christian theme on its lunch calendar this past December, listing "Baby in a blanket on a bed of straw" … More »

Oklahoma school will stick to teaching facts (June 20, 2017)

6/20/2017 · FFRF has stopped an Oklahoma high school teacher from inserting anti-science, religious thought into his anatomy and physiology classes. … More »

Florida school to keep Christ out of events (June 19, 2017)

6/19/2017 · A Florida high school won't be inserting religion into future school-sponsored events after receiving a legal warning from FFRF over a Christian prayer. It was brought to FFRF's attention that the assistant principal and athletic director at Middleton High School in Tampa, Fla., had called … More »

Indiana school district says no more prayers (June 10, 2017)

6/10/2017 · An Indiana school district has promised FFRF that graduation prayers will not occur again in its schools. A concerned Elkhart Community Schools parent contacted FFRF to report that the 2016-17 graduation ceremony at the Roosevelt STEAM Academy began with a prayer. The speaker asked the … More »

Senior center to serve religious-free meals (June 8, 2017)

6/8/2017 · FFRF has ensured that a senior center in Grants, N.M., will be serving prayer-free meals from here on out. A concerned member of the Cibola Senior Center informed FFRF that the federally funded institution was instructing its members to pray before receiving meals. Although the … More »

South Carolina wrestling prayers silenced (June 7, 2017)

6/7/2017 · A high school in Honea Path, S.C., has been reminded of its obligation to stay secular after it received a warning from FFRF over an unlawful prayer delivered to the school's wrestling team this past spring. FFRF was informed that a local pastor was called … More »

Senior center reminded to keep meals secular (June 6, 2017)

6/6/2017 · A North Carolina county senior center will adhere to federal regulations against religious worship after FFRF took action on a constitutional violation over pre-lunch prayers. A concerned resident of Leon Mann Jr. Enrichment Center — based in Morehead City, N.C. — informed FFRF that a … More »

Delaware school cuts prayer from graduation (June 5, 2017)

6/5/2017 · A Delaware school district agreed to comply with its constitutional obligation to remain neutral regarding religion in its June 5 graduation ceremony, after receiving a letter from FFRF requesting that it cancel scheduled prayers. It was brought to FFRF's attention that the Woodbridge High School … More »

FFRF terminates prayer at Arizona school (June 5, 2017)

6/5/2017 · FFRF successfully stopped prayers scheduled into yet another high school's graduation ceremony, this time in Elkins, Ariz. Last spring, FFRF was informed that the Elkins High School 2016 graduation ceremony opened and closed with a Christian prayer. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott a letter on … More »

Arizona high school to end assembly prayers (May 30, 2017)

5/30/2017 · After it was brought to FFRF's attention that an award assembly at an Arizona high school had begun and ended with a Christian prayer, action was taken to ensure the public school remains secular. During an award assembly this past spring at Harrison High School … More »

Missouri school changes graduation policy (May 25, 2017)

5/25/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a school district in Willard, Mo., has adopted a policy to ensure that religion does not seep into future high school commencement addresses. During Willard High School's graduation ceremony this past spring, religious remarks and a prayer were given by Willard Public … More »

FFRF blows whistle on Kansas coach’s prayers (May 22, 2017)

5/22/2017 · A high school wrestling coach in Wichita, Kan., has been reminded to stay in line with the First Amendment after he unconstitutionally led a prayer during a team banquet. A concerned parent informed FFRF that, this past spring, the Wichita Northwest High School wrestling coach … More »

FFRF purges prayer from Georgia school ceremony (May 18, 2017)

5/18/2017 · After being informed of a prayer scheduled to take place at the Schley County Middle School graduation in Ellaville, Ga., FFRF raised its voice against the constitutional violation. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote to Superintendent Adam Hathaway on May 16 reminding him of the … More »

Indianapolis police to stop promoting religion (May 16, 2017)

5/16/2017 · FFRF has successfully stopped the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department from promoting religion through its government email server. FFRF was contacted by a local resident after an email to city employees was sent by IMPD Police Chief Bryan Roach in March promoting an event. The email … More »

Georgia teacher to keep God out of classroom (May 15, 2017)

5/15/2017 · An elementary school teacher in Stantonville, Ga., has been reminded of her constitutional obligation to keep her classroom secular. A parent of an Echols County Elementary School student informed FFRF that a teacher at the school had a religious sign posted in her classroom which … More »

South Dakota school keeps graduation secular (May 13, 2017)

5/13/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a South Dakota high school kept its May graduation ceremony free of religious influence. FFRF was informed that Clark High School in Clark, S.D., scheduled prayers by a Catholic priest into its graduation ceremony. The program had included both a Catholic invocation … More »

FFRF tells Texas school to keep evangelists out (May 12, 2017)

5/12/2017 · The Pasadena Independent School District in Texas has been warned not to allow religious speakers access to a captive audience of public school students for indoctrination. The school district had hosted an in-school assembly during the school day featuring a speaker from the evangelical church, … More »

FFRF protects Texas student’s free speech (May 12, 2017)

5/12/2017 · FFRF took swift action after a student at Lakeview Middle School in The Colony, Texas, contacted the state-church watch group about a teacher requiring that he stand and participate in the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and Texas Pledge. The student, who identifies … More »

Pennsylvania schools end state-church violations (May 11, 2017)

5/11/2017 · After hearing of multiple shocking constitutional violations occurring within the Wilson School District in Pennsylvania, FFRF took action to warn the district of its duty to keep religion out of its public schools. FFRF was made aware that Wilson Southern Middle School was regularly advertising … More »

FFRF versus Trump challenges executive order against church politicking

5/10/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit in May, 2017, challenging President Trump's "religious liberty" executive order as it pertains to church politicking. FFRF and its co-presidents, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, are plaintiffs. The suit named as defendants President Trump and John … More »

Florida city’s prayer breakfast gets updated (May 8, 2017)

5/8/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, the city of Winter Haven, Fla., ended its endorsement of religion through the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast in May. It was brought to FFRF's attention that Mayor Steven Hunnicutt planned on hosting the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast to recognize the National Day … More »

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