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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leader representing Satanic Norfolk reportedly had their offer to give an invocation at a Norfolk City Council meeting rescinded after the city clerk learned the leader’s religious … More »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 »

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 »

FFRF and Puerto Rico Secular Humanists sue over forced school prayer

3/18/2020 · 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 »

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 »

Public school employees will remain neutral on religion in Texas (January 7, 2020)

1/7/2020 · The Lovejoy school district in Allen, Texas, has reaffirmed the need for employees to remain neutral on religious matters after a district parent reported that a school board members opened an official event with a prayer. A district parent reported to FFRF that the Board … More »

Religious display in Texas public high school removed (January 6, 2020)

1/6/2020 · A religious display has been removed recently from public high school property in Montgomery, Texas. A district community member reported to FFRF that the receptionist at Montgomery High School had religious iconography on display at the school’s front office. Students and community members reportedly had … More »

Bible program ad no longer displayed in Oregon public school (December 30, 2019)

12/30/2019 · A sign advertising a bible release time program is no longer displayed on Bethel School District property. A district parent reported that last year Malabon Elementary School allowed a sign promoting a bible release time program to be erected on school property. FFRF Legal Fellow Dante … More »

Religious reference removed from public school teacher's email signature in Florida (December 23, 2019)

12/23/2019 · A Bay County School District teacher has removed a religious reference from his email signature as it constituted an inappropriate endorsement of religion. A district parent reported that a music teacher at Deane Bozeman School in Panama City was sending emails from his school account … More »

Religious references removed from public school presentations in Missouri (December 19, 2019)

12/19/2019 · District administrators in Willard Public Schools have taken corrective action to ensure that inappropriate religious references will not occur in presentations in their classes. A district parent reported that Willard High School’s choir director invited a former student to talk to his class and then … More »

Teacher-led prayer stopped in Kansas public school (December 19, 2019)

12/19/2019 · Teacher-led prayer has been stopped in North Lyon County USD 251 in Americus. A district parent reported to FFRF that their child’s music teacher recently prayed with students before a concert at North Lyon County Elementary School. The teacher reportedly told students who don’t believe … More »

Two victories for state-church separation in Illinois (December 17, 2019)

12/17/2019 · FFRF has secured two victories for state-church separation in the Maroa-Forsyth School District. A concerned district parent contacted FFRF to report that a local religious ministry and New Life Pregnancy Center were teaching sex education at Maroa-Forsyth Middle School. New Life describes itself as “a … More »

Religious references removed from holiday program in Okla. public school (December 16, 2019)

12/16/2019 · Edmond Public Schools has made changes to an annual holiday program after complaints that including religious elements violated the constitutional principle of state-church separation. An Edmond Public Schools community member reported that each year, third-grade teachers at Chisholm Elementary had students rehearse a live nativity … More »

Arkansas public school teacher will refrain from proselytizing (December 16, 2019)

12/16/2019 · A Russellville School District teacher has been reminded of his obligation to refrain from proselytizing to students. A district parent reported that a sixth-grade science teacher at Russellville Middle School has made several claims to his class that are based on his personal religious beliefs, … More »

Kentucky public school coach will not lead team prayer (December 10, 2019)

12/10/2019 · A coach in the Glasgow Independent School District has been advised not to lead the team in prayer, organize or otherwise advocate for students to lead team prayer. A community member contacted FFRF to report that after every practice and game, Jeff Hughes, an assistant … More »

Religious advertisements removed from Colorado public school district property (December 6, 2019)

12/6/2019 · Impermissible religious advertisements have been removed from Douglas County School District property after the district heard from FFRF. A concerned area resident reported that Douglas County High School in Castle Rock rents space to the Front Range Church each Sunday and was allowing the church … More »

First-grade teacher will no longer lead students in prayer in Oklahoma (December 3, 2019)

12/3/2019 · District leadership in Lone Grove School District No. I-32 has taken action to address a serious state-church violation. A district parent reported that a first-grade teacher at Lone Grove Primary School led students in prayer before a Thanksgiving meal. The complainant reported that before the … More »

Affirmative steps taken to address serious violation in Oklahoma (December 3, 2019)

12/3/2019 · Administration officials in Blanchard Public Schools have “taken affirmative steps” to address a serious state-church violation in one of its schools. A district parent reported that a science teacher at Blanchard Middle School had been attempting to discredit evolution. The complainant reported that their child … More »

Kansas public school coach will no longer pray with students (December 2, 2019)

12/2/2019 · Humboldt USD 258 has taken action to address a complaint of coach prayer within its district. A local resident reported to FFRF that Logan Wyrick, head coach of the Humboldt High School football team, had been leading his team in prayer after games. FFRF Attorney … More »

Football coaches won't pray with players after football games in West Virginia (November 27, 2019)

11/27/2019 · District staff members in Berkeley County Schools in Martinsburg were instructed to honor their constitutional obligation to remain neutral on religion when acting in their official capacity. FFRF was informed that Spring Mills High School football coaches prayed with their players midfield after a football … More »

Church banner removed from public school property in Florida (November 22, 2019)

11/22/2019 · A church’s banner has been removed from Miami-Dade Public Schools property. A local resident reported that Lake Stevens Middle Schools in Miami had been displaying a banner for World Church International on its fence at all times. FFRF Attorney Chris Line wrote to Superintendent Alberto … More »

Public school employees in Florida will not endorse religion at school (November 22, 2019)

11/22/2019 · After numerous violations, staff in Volusia County Schools in DeLand have been reminded of their obligation to not endorse religion when acting in their official capacity as public school employees. Multiple complainants, including a Volusia County parent, reported instances of religious promotion occurring within the … More »

Coaches in South Carolina public school will remain neutral on matters of religion (November 20, 2019)

11/20/2019 · Coaches in Greenville County Schools have been reminded of their constitutional duty to remain neutral on matters of religion. A concerned district parent reported that Woodmont High School football coaches prayed with their players on the field after a football game in October. FFRF Legal … More »

FFRF saves Wisconsin town $10K (November 19, 2019)

11/19/2019 · FFRF has persuaded the city of Fitchburg, Wis., to not give away thousands of taxpayer dollars to a church project with stealth religious goals. A concerned Fitchburg resident had contacted FFRF to report that the city granted $10,000 to Chapel Valley Church for four local … More »

District employees will not promote religion at school meetings in Florida (November 19, 2019)

11/19/2019 · The Alachua County Public School District’s attorney has reminded district employees that they may not promote religion at school meetings. A district employee in Gainesville reported that at a working dinner involving many school personnel, Buchholz High School Principal James TenBieg asked an employee to … More »

Religious promotion by public school basketball coaches stopped in Texas (November 18, 2019)

11/18/2019 · A Texas public school district has addressed unconstitutional religious promotion by its basketball coaches. A concerned community member reported to FFRF that basketball coaches at Connally High School in Pflugerville had been leading their teams in prayer. One of the coaches, Bradley Washington, had also … More »

Maryland expands eligibility requirements for grants to include secular nonprofits (November 15, 2019)

11/15/2019 · The state of Maryland has expanded eligibility requirements for its Protecting Religious Institution Grants to include secular nonprofits. The state of Maryland had allocated up to $3 million in state funds to be paid directly to religious nonprofit organizations to the exclusion of secular nonprofits. FFRF … More »

California public school won't hold an event at a church (November 11, 2019)

11/11/2019 · A Chino Valley Unified public school will no longer hold an event inside a local church following an intervention by FFRF. A concerned parent reported to FFRF that each year Chino Hills High School holds its Senior Awards Night at Inland Hills Church. The district had … More »

“Bring Your Bible to School Day” will not be promoted on social media in Kentucky public school (November 11, 2019)

11/11/2019 · The Clinton County School District in Albany has addressed problematic endorsement of religion within its schools after receiving a complaint from FFRF. FFRF was alerted to the fact that both Clinton County High School and Clinton County Middle School promoted a recent “Bring Your Bible … More »

Indiana school will ensure their students rights of conscience (November 7, 2019)

11/7/2019 · The Northwestern School Corporation in Kokomo took immediate action to ensure that students’ rights of conscience were being honored in its district following an FFRF letter of complaint. A community member reported to FFRF that coaches from Northwestern Middle School led a prayer circle of … More »

Michigan school won't allow religious invocations at graduation (November 7, 2019)

11/7/2019 · North Central Area Schools in Powers will no longer allow graduating classes to include an invocation or benediction in their graduation programs. North Central Area Junior/Senior High School reportedly scheduled two prayers at the class of 2019 graduation ceremony which were both listed in the … More »

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