Legal Archives

Browse the Archives
Advanced Search »

Legal Challenges

FFRF and parent successfully remove Ten Commandments monument from Pa. public school

10/28/2015 · FFRF filed suit on Sept. 27, 2012, against the Connellsville Area School District (Pa.) in a challenge to a Ten Commandments monument in front of the District's junior high school. The suit was also brought on behalf of a student, Doe 4, then a … More »

Godly decals removed from sheriff’s cars (October 8, 2015)

10/8/2015 · The Houston County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office has removed Matthew 5:9 "Blessed are the Peacemakers" decals from patrol cars. Staff Attorney Sam Grover informed Sheriff Donald Valenza in late July that the display "undermines the credibility of the sheriff's office in the eyes of the … More »

FFRF, ACLU bring suit challenging public school’s live nativity scene

10/28/2015 · On October 7, 2015, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Indiana filed a federal lawsuit, along with a local parent and student, challenging an annual live nativity performance at Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana. The complaint … More »

FFRF ends longtime grotto violations (October 1, 2015)

10/1/2015 · Several Oregon public schools will no longer be performing during a holiday chorale concert at a Catholic shrine. Local families alerted FFRF in 2013 about numerous public school districts that scheduled students to perform during the Festival of Lights event in Portland at the … More »

FFRF curbs coach’s religious comments (September 29, 2015)

9/29/2015 · FFRF reminded the Kenmore High School football coach in Akron, Ohio, about school policies on the promotion of religion after his comments at an event at which the team received a gift of new uniforms. A complainant alerted FFRF to Coach Kemp Boyd's religious comments … More »

Texas students freed from praying more (September 25, 2015)

9/25/2015 · The Frisco (Texas) Independent School District removed a display reading “Pray more, worry less” from the Roach Middle School front office after getting Staff Attorney Sam Grover’s letter Sept. 11. The district informed FFRF on Sept. 25 that the display was removed from public view. … More »

San Diego libraries to stay open on Easter (September 29, 2015)

9/25/2015 · San Diego public libraries, typically open on Sundays, will no longer close on Easter. "Easter is neither a federal holiday nor a California state holiday," wrote Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert in a June complaint letter. "As a matter of policy, the library should … More »

School steered toward religious neutrality (September 24, 2015)

9/24/2015 · The Avon (Ind.) Community School Corp. has taken corrective action regarding an inappropriate religious assembly that students were required to attend. A Sept. 9 assembly titled "Stay In Your Lane" was mandatory for Avon High School sophomores. Two speakers from the group "Steered Straight" told … More »

School officials done with National Day of Prayer (September 23, 2015)

9/23/2015 · FFRF has ensured that Georgetown Independent School District in Texas will not send administrators to participate in the Georgetown National Day of Prayer in their official capacities. After explaining that the National Day of Prayer is a sectarian Christian event founded by Billy Graham, FFRF … More »

Christian-only prayer policy scrapped ( September 21, 2015)

9/21/2015 · The Coolidge (Ariz.) City Council, during a hastily called meeting Sept. 21, voted unanimously to back away from a proposal to allow only Christians to pray before council meetings, the Arizona Republic reported.   Robert Hudelson, the council member (also a Baptist minister) who sponsored the … More »

Religious posters removed from classroom (September 21, 2015)

9/21/2015 · A religious poster has been taken down from a sixth-grade teacher's classroom in Texas after FFRF contacted the school district. A teacher at River Valley Intermediate School in Woodway, Texas, had a large poster in his classroom reading "In God We Trust," which also included … More »

School employees don’t have to hear prayers in meetings (September 16, 2015)

9/16/2015 · Prayer will no longer be included in employee meetings in the Dickinson Independent School District in Texas after FFRF sent a complaint letter to the school district. A district employee informed FFRF that a mandatory teacher in-service training included Dickinson High School principal Billye Smith … More »

No more prayer at ‘Super Fun Day’ (September 15, 2015)

9/15/2015 · Future "Super Fun Day" events, Special Olympics-style events held at Neal High School in Brewton, Ala., will be free from prayer after FFRF contacted the school district. At the 2015 event, students, staff, volunteers and participants were asked to bow their heads while a … More »

Illinois school district ends school board prayer (September 15, 2015)

9/15/2015 · Because of a letter sent by FFRF, Teutopolis Community Unit #50 Board of Education will no longer open with a prayer. In a letter sent Aug. 28, Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote, "It is beyond the scope of a public school board to schedule or … More »

Last Supper has last day at Kansas school (September 14, 2015)

9/14/2015 · After FFRF protested, Haysville Public Schools in Kansas removed a print of Leonardo Da Vinci's "The Last Supper" from the cafeteria of Nelson Elementary School. "As you are certainly aware, the display of religious messages in the school setting violates the Establishment Clause of the … More »

Graduation prayer taken off the schedule (September 10, 2015)

9/10/2015 · At the Iberia High School (Mo.) graduation in 2015, a reverend gave a heavily Christian invocation and benediction. Thanks to the FFRF, this constitutional violation will not recur. "The Supreme Court has settled this matter—high school graduations must be secular to protect the freedom of … More »

FFRF complaint removes Jesus painting (September 8, 2015)

9/8/2015 · A painting of Jesus was removed from Altizer Elementary School, Huntington, W.Va., just five days after Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott sent the school district a complaint letter. Cabell County Schools Superintendent William Smith informed FFRF on Sept. 8 that the picture had been taken … More »

Letter stops grants to Florida churches (September 8, 2015)

9/8/2015 · The city of Ocala, Fla., has in the past used its discretionary fund to give grants to churches. Last year, the Ocala City Council provided a grant to First Presbyterian Church to repair its steeple. This year, St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church requested … More »

Board agrees to approve secular club (September 8, 2015)

9/8/2015 · After more than a year of stonewalling, Ward Melville High School, Setauket, N.Y., finally gave a student permission to start a Secular Student Alliance chapter. FFRF Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler wrote to the district July 23 urging them to stop violating the Equal Access … More »

No prayers at school employee meetings (September 8, 2015)

9/8/2015 · FFRF has ensured that prayers will not be given during future mandatory faculty meetings in the Montgomery Independent School District in Texas. The school district had brought a Christian pastor to give a prayer at an Aug. 18 employee meeting, and the dean of … More »

Teacher kicked out of religious club (September 8, 2015)

9/8/2015 · A teacher at Colonial High School in Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools will no longer have a leadership role in CONFRA: Hispanic Christian Action, a religious club, following involvement into the issue by FFRF. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote the district on Aug. 27 … More »

Classroom prayers nixed in North Carolina (September 4, 2015)

9/4/2015 · A teacher in the school district of Perquimans County in Hertford, N.C., will no longer be permitted to lead her first-graders in prayer after FFRF contacted the district and informed it of the constitutional violation. Susan Jordan, first-grade teacher at Perquimans Central School, previously led … More »

Bible class discontinued at Alabama school (September 2, 2015)

9/2/2015 · Blount County School District in Oneonta, Ala., did not offer a bible study elective class for the 2015-16 school year after FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel lodged a complaint about the unconstitutional class. The class was taught by a teacher and a local Baptist pastor. … More »

Letter removes prayer from football field ( August 31, 2015)

8/31/2015 · The Corsicana (Texas) ISD previously started all Corsicana High School football games with a prayer led by a clergy member. Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote a letter of complaint last November. Although FFRF never heard back from the school district, a report from a … More »

Schools say football prayer not OK ( August 31, 2015)

8/31/2015 · University of Toledo (Ohio) football coach Matt Campbell will no longer lead his team in the Lord’s Prayer before games. “The University and the football coaching staff are endorsing religion whenever Coach Campbell incorporates prayer into the team’s pregame activities and allows himself or … More »

Prayer with students removed in Tishomingo ( August 28, 2015)

8/28/2015 · Teachers in the Tishomingo County Schools in Iuka, Miss., have been reminded that they cannot participate in religious activities with students. A parent informed FFRF that on the first day of school this term at Tishomingo County High, faculty joined students at the flagpole … More »

FFRF, AU, ACLU sue Brevard County (FL) over discrimination of nontheists

8/26/2015 · 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 cross, Jesus painting taken down ( August 26, 2015)

8/26/2015 · Guthrie Upper Elementary School took down a cross in a classroom after getting Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel’s Aug. 26 letter to Guthrie (Okla.) Public Schools: “When a school erects crosses on its property, it unconstitutionally promotes a religious message, specifically a Christian message.” An … More »

‘Head of Christ’ not in Kansas anymore (August 20, 2015)

8/20/2015 · A portrait of Jesus hanging in Royster Middle School in Chanute, Kan., was removed Aug. 20 in response to Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel's letter to Chanute Public Schools. The reproduction of Warner Sallman's "Head of Christ" had been displayed in the school at least … More »

Graduation prayer won’t be repeated (August 20, 2015)

8/20/2015 · The Collinsville (Texas) Independent School District will not schedule prayer at future graduation ceremonies. Staff Attorney Sam Grover in an Aug. 12 letter to the school district said, “Graduations are not the place for personal religious promotion, just as it would taint the occasion … More »

City drops Gospel Fest sponsorship (August 19, 2015)

8/19/2015 · The city of Jonesboro, Ga., ended its unconstitutional involvement in Gospel Fest after getting an FFRF complaint letter. concert. While claiming that it disagreed with FFRF’s position, the city officially “relinquished sponsorship of the concert.” The event was advertised with Christian imagery on the city’s … More »

Christian care ad off school website ( August 17, 2015)

8/17/2015 · An ad for the Christian Community Center’s child care services has been removed from the South Lewis Central School District website. “Advertising for the CCC on the District website crosses the line because anyone viewing [it] would understand that the District endorses any organization … More »

FFRF letter curbs meeting in church ( August 17, 2015)

8/17/2015 · Keller (Texas) Independent School District’s mandatory employee meetings will not include proselytizing and employees who do not want to attend the meeting, which takes place in a church, can attend remotely. At the most recent meeting, religious literature was distributed to employees and a … More »

Band’s religious music gets scrutiny (August 17, 2015)

8/17/2015 · Winchester Community High School in Indiana will no longer perform religious routines after getting an FFRF complaint lodged with the Randolph Central School Corp.The band’s 2015 performance of “With Trumpets and Cymbals” was based on Psalm 150 and included a narrator reciting “Praise the … More »

Private sector gets Wisconsin crèche (August 15, 2015)

8/15/2015 · The city of Elkhorn, Wis., will not put up a nativity scene on public land this December. Previously, a large nativity was displayed annually in Veterans Park and illuminated at night. FFRF started objecting to the display in 2012. After FFRF asked to display its … More »

Prayer, ants deemed unwelcome at picnic ( August 13, 2015)

8/13/2015 · Dalton (Ohio) Middle School football coach Dennis Finley was warned about engaging in inappropriate religious activity at school for asking a student to lead a prayer at a school picnic. Senior staff Attorney Rebecca Markert sent a letter of complaint Aug. 10.   School attorney Susan … More »

School staff warned about prayer pole (August 11, 2015)

8/11/2015 · This year’s “See You at the Pole” prayer events will not be organized or promoted by the Huffman (Texas) Independent School District. In 2014, a newsletter sent to all district staff documented SYATP events at several schools, indicating that staff, parents and community members … More »

Church must clean up its leavings ( August 7, 2015)

8/7/2015 ·   Hoover High School in the North Canton (Ohio) City School District can continue to rent space to Mission View Church, but the church will no longer be allowed to leave materials behind after services. The church had left behind signs, brochures, offering envelopes and … More »

Prayer silenced at Florida meetings (August 4, 2015)

8/4/2015 · Quarterly employee luncheons for the city of Belleview, Fla., will now have a moment of silence instead of a prayer. "While individuals are certainly free to pray privately or to worship on their own time in their own way," wrote Staff Attorney Madeline Ziegler … More »

Letter sours school on religious tea (July 30, 2015)

7/30/2015 · Eighth-grade girls at Alice Robertson Jr. High School in Tulsa, Okla., have traditionally attended a religious "spring tea" event but won't in the future due to Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel's complaint letter. Students were taken annually to First United Methodist Church during school hours … More »

School board ends meeting prayer (July 30, 2015)

7/30/2015 · The North Lebanon (Pa.) School Board has stopped praying at its meetings. Prayers were recited even though students were typically present at meetings and a student representative attended each meeting. "Federal courts, including the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Pennsylvania, have … More »

Georgia school ends bible distribution (July 29, 2015)

7/29/2015 · A representative of Gideons International who thanked the West Haralson Elementary School faculty for inviting him to distribute bibles to fifth graders for 16 straight years will no longer be permitted to proselytize children in Tallapoosa, Ga. "There is no excuse or justification for this … More »

Minn. baccalaureate gets the boot (July 29, 2015)

7/29/2015 · Kingsland High School in Spring Valley, Minn., will no longer host a baccalaureate service after getting a complaint letter from Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott. "Given the blatant school endorsement of this event, we ask that you take measures to cease any school involvement in … More »

New York City quiets amplified gospel (July 27, 2015)

7/27/2015 · The Gospel Light Baptist Church will no longer be able to illegally gather and preach over a loudspeaker in a New York public park. The church had previously set up weekly in Major Mark Park in Queens, preaching for hours at a time at … More »

Calif. swim meets will go secular (July 24, 2015)

7/24/2015 · The Visalia Seahawks, a swim team organized by the city of Visalia, Calif., will no longer be subjected to prayers over the loudspeaker at meets. The team had solicited parents to volunteer to give the prayer. "Any reasonable Visalia resident would interpret the prayers at … More »

Teacher’s Catholic enthusiasm curbed (July 21, 2015)

7/21/2015 · Rogers City (Mich.) Area Schools Superintendent Kathleen Xenakis-Makowski has resolved a state/church violation brought to her attention in a complaint letter from Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert. A Rogers City High School English teacher reportedly had inappropriately discussed his Catholicism with his students regularly … More »

Letters stop abuse of school prayer (July 16, 2015)

7/16/2015 · Dalton Local School District's future graduation ceremonies and school board meetings will not include prayer. "The Supreme Court has settled this matter — high school graduations must be secular to protect the freedom of conscience of all students," wrote Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert in … More »

FFRF douses fire chief’s prayer plans (July 16, 2015)

7/16/2015 · Milton, Fla., Fire Chief John Reble planned and coordinated the Santa Rosa County Day of Prayer event, listing his city email address as the primary contact for the May 7 event. He has agreed to cease all planning of the event using city resources … More »

Roadside cross goes away after letter (July 16, 2015)

7/16/2015 · The Missouri Department of Transportation has taken down a cross that was posted at an intersection in Poplar Bluff, Mo. Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert wrote the department on July 10: “It is blatantly unconstitutional for either the city or the state to display a … More »

Georgia violations will be addressed (July 15, 2015)

7/15/2015 · After a teacher delivered a prayer at Lowndes High School's Freshman Academy Awards Night and a Lake Park Elementary School event was held in a church, Lowndes County Schools is taking steps to ensure no further violations of the separation of church and state … More »

Parks head gets constitutional lesson (July 15, 2015)

7/15/2015 · Employees of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department in Texas will not invite pastors to give religious motivational speeches at future mandatory meetings. Division Manager Jeff Jefferson invited his pastor, William Lindsey, to a June 26 employee meeting. Lindsey’s speech contained religious content, including … More »

FFRF reminds Tenn. principal of law (July 10, 2015)

7/10/2015 · The principal of Little Milligan Elementary School in Butler, Tenn., has been reprimanded by the Carter County School District for frequently leading students in prayer and reportedly asking them each Monday if they had been to church. FFRF was contacted by a concerned parent. The … More »

FFRF stops prayer at graduation (July 9, 2015)

7/9/2015 · Summit Leadership Academy-High Desert’s graduation ceremony will not include prayer or other religious sentiments in the future. The Hesperia, Calif., school’s 2015 graduation had included both a prayer and religious remarks from the commencement speaker. After Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote to the district, the … More »

School-sponsored prayer ends (July 9, 2015)

7/9/2015 · Green Local Schools, Green, Ohio, has instructed administrative staff that prayers will not be permitted at future school-sponsored events. An honors banquet, spring banquet and the senior awards night at Green High School had all included prayer. "It is unlawful for any school-sponsored event to … More »

FFRF letter downs cross collection (July 2, 2015)

7/2/2015 · Gregg County Clerk Connie Wade, Longview, Texas, removed a collection of more than 20 crosses from her county office after getting a July 2 letter from FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert. A local resident alerted FFRF to the violation. County Judge Bill Stoudt told … More »

Junior ROTC balls to end prayer (June 29, 2015)

6/29/2015 · Bethel High School’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps in Bethel, Conn., has taken several steps to keep religion out of its instruction. A concerned student reported to FFRF that a mandatory military ball included prayers said “in the name of Jesus.” Students were … More »

Driving video ‘infested’ with religion (June 26, 2015)

6/26/2015 · Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns, Fla., will stop illegal athletic prayer and will no longer show a religious video to students. A student reported to FFRF that the school’s football coach was participating in student-led prayers and that the school had shown … More »

FFRF breaks up church-city event (June 24, 2015)

6/24/2015 · FFRF’s complaint letter made the city of Casselberry, Fla., cancel a planned partnership with an evangelical Christian church. Camp Casselberry, a city-run youth program, was scheduled to partner with Church Together for “Friday Fun Day” at a park June 26. Pastor Andy Searles and … More »

New Jersey schools ends sponsorship of baccalaureate (June 23, 2015)

6/23/2015 · Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District in New Jersey is taking steps to end its sponsorship of an annual baccalaureate ceremony after it received a June 23 letter from Staff Attorney Madeline Ziegler. Woodstown High School co-sponsored a baccalaureate with Sharptown United Methodist Church which was … More »

Teacher’s bible quotes erased in class (June 18, 2015)

6/18/2015 · Pender County Schools in North Carolina will put a stop to the classroom display of bible quotes. A Topsail Middle School teacher in Hampstead wrote bible quotes on a dry-erase board in his classroom, in full view of his students, and changed the quotes … More »

Calif. schools agree complaints valid (June 16, 2015)

6/16/2015 · Two California school districts have promised to take steps to ensure teachers will not use district resources to promote religious events after getting letters from FFRF.A teacher at Modesto City Schools’ Downey High School used his district email address to coordinate and advertise the … More »

Christian film nixed at middle school (June 15, 2015)

6/15/2015 · Nevada’s Clark County School District will update its teacher handbook and reinstruct teachers not to promote their own sectarian beliefs to students. On May 21, a teacher at Victoria Fertitta Middle School in Las Vegas played the Christian movie “Amazing 3D Adventures: The P.U.S.H.” … More »

No more bibles at school ‘career day’ (June 12, 2015)

6/12/2015 · Daniel Pratt Elementary School, Montgomery, Ala., will no longer allow Gideon bible distributions, which occurred during a "career day" at the school. In response to FFRF's June 12 letter protesting the distribution, James Seale, attorney for Autauga County Schools, informed FFRF that the principal, who … More »

School will refrain from leading prayers (June 12, 2015)

6/12/2015 · Mifflinburg Area School District Superintendent Daniel Lichtel has instructed administrators for the district in Union County, Pa., to no longer schedule prayers at school functions and directed staff to refrain from leading prayers. Lichtel's directions to staff came after Staff Attorney Madeline Ziegler wrote the … More »

Teacher’s ‘Personal Testimony’ removed ( June 9, 2015)

6/9/2015 · Murchison Middle School, Austin, Texas, removed religious content from its website after getting an FFRF letter. Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy also will no longer be allowed to host eighth-grade graduation prayer. Jeff Sanders, Murchison athletic coordinator, had a section on his Austin … More »

Graduation prayer won’t be official (June 3, 2015)

6/3/2015 · Prescott, Ariz., Public Schools has ended its practice of including invocations and benedictions at Prescott High School graduation ceremonies. Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott wrote the district May 27 after FFRF received word that the public high school had prayer as part of official graduation … More »

No more Good Friday observances (June 2, 2015)

6/2/2015 · FFRF reminded the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in Missouri that schools are not allowed to take time off to observe religious holidays. Colby Cantrell, a teacher at Woodland Elementary School, sent an email to parents saying that students did not have school April … More »

Gideon bible handout stopped in Texas (June 2, 2015)

6/2/2015 · The Corsicana Independent School District in Texas will no longer let Gideons International distribute bibles. Students from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes were allowed to skip class in order to assist with the distribution, and students who did not accept the bible were reportedly … More »

Letter stops preaching while teaching (June 2, 2015)

6/2/2015 · James Tillman, a science teacher at Douglas County High School, Douglasville, Ga., won't be preaching anymore to his students during class time. Around the end of April, Tillman had a discussion about God with a student during class time, FFRF was told. When an atheist … More »

Goodbye to Good Friday observances (June 1, 2015)

6/1/2015 · The city of Bayard, N.M., will no longer close its doors on Good Friday or Easter Monday. A resident reported to FFRF that city offices, the public library and the municipal court were closed in 2014 on Friday, April 18, and Monday, April 21, … More »

Reagan Rattlers’ coach to stop prayer (June 1, 2015)

6/1/2015 · The baseball coach of the Reagan Rattlers baseball team at Ronald Reagan High School, San Antonio, Texas, will no longer lead the team in the Lord’s Prayer at games. Staff Attorney Sam Grover sent a letter to the district June 1 about an incident … More »

Goodbye to Good Friday observance (June 1, 2015)

6/1/2015 · The city of Bayard, N.M., will no longer close its doors on Good Friday or Easter Monday. A resident reported to FFRF that city offices, the public library and the municipal court were closed in 2014 on Friday, April 18, and Monday, April 21, … More »

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

5/27/2015 · “Mobile churches” that set up shop at the Sahuarita Unified School District in Arizona will now be charged full rent. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent a letter April 30, outlining allegations that several churches were far exceeding the scope of their contracts, using more … More »

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

5/26/2015 · The Lancaster County (S.C.) School District is taking steps to ensure an Indian Land Elementary teacher will no longer force her students to give prayers in class. FFRF learned that teacher Kathryn Watkins reportedly selected students at random to lead a prayer before lunch, … More »

Coaches warned about midfield prayer (May 22, 2015)

5/22/2015 · Hernando County (Fla.) School District's football games will remain secular. A local complainant sent FFRF a photo of the Hernando High School and Sunlake High School teams gathered with coaches at midfield to pray at their May 22 game. "If, while acting in their official … More »

Baccalaureate stops (May 19, 2015)

5/19/2015 · Olentangy Local School District in Lewis Center, Ohio, distanced itself from a baccalaureate ceremony after getting a May 13 complaint letter from Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert. An email invitation about the ceremony was sent to parents from an email address typically used to … More »

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

5/14/2015 · Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock, Texas, will no longer direct its charitable efforts toward a religious group. FFRF received word that teachers solicited students during class time to donate to Mobile Loaves & Fishes — Miracles on Wheels and offered a party … More »

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

5/8/2015 · The Alpine School District Board of Education, American Fork, Utah, no longer starts meetings with a Mormon prayer. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote to the district Jan. 13 to object to the illegal prayer. Courts have consistently ruled “It is beyond the scope of … More »

Athletic banquet now religion-free (May 8, 2015)

5/8/2015 · The La Farge, Wis., School District in Wisconsin agreed to stop including prayers at athletic banquets and other school-sponsored events after getting a May 7 letter from Staff Attorney Sam Grover. FFRF had learned that a pastor invited to speak at La Farge High School's … More »

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

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

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

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

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

5/1/2015 · Kindergarten testing in Portage, Mich., will no longer take place in church. Previously, Woodland Elementary School held its mandatory screening at First Baptist Church, where religious pamphlets were reportedly distributed to students and parents. Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert wrote in an April 1 complaint … More »

FFRF gets sexist posters removed (April 30, 2015)

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

FFRF reins in Georgia baccalaureate (April 30, 2015)

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

Student screening moved from church (April 29, 2015)

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

Florida council nixes godly motto (April 28, 2015)

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

School back off baccalaureates (April 28, 2015)

4/28/2015 · Fruita, Colo., Monument High School instituted a new policy on baccalaureates after getting a Jan. 28 letter from FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel. FFRF learned the school previously held a baccalaureate, organized by administrators and other staff, in the gym. At the 2014 ceremony, … More »

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

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

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

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

Vet center religious sign removed (April 22, 2015)

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

FFRF stops forced recital of pledge (April 21, 2015)

4/21/2015 · A Valhalla High School teacher in La Mesa, Calif., is no longer permitted to force students to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Previously, according to FFRF's information, when students remained seated, math teacher Douglas Babington would shout at them to "get up … More »

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF stops Florida ‘rampant religion’ (April 10, 2015)

4/10/2015 · Dixie County Schools ordered removal of classroom posters that proclaimed “Dixie County High School — God Can Do Innumerably More Than We Can Ask or Imagine,” after getting an FFRF complaint about the display at the school in Cross City, Fla. On Nov. 12, Staff … More »

FFRF is a non-profit, educational organization. All dues and donations are deductible for income-tax purposes.

FFRF has received a 4 star rating from Charity Navigator


FFRF privacy statement


FFRF is a member of Atheist Alliance International.