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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 »

‘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 »

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 »

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)

7/16/2015 · “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)

7/16/2015 · 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)

7/16/2015 · 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)

7/16/2015 · 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)

7/16/2015 · 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)

7/16/2015 · 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)

7/16/2015 · 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 shuts down Oklahoma proselytizing (April 7, 2015)

4/7/2015 · Students in the Cleveland, Okla., School District will no longer be subjected to bible distributions and harassment from teachers about religion. FFRF received a complaint that a teacher at Cleveland Intermediate School read aloud to the class from a bible. When the complainant’s child asked … More »

California official won’t endorse prayer (April 6, 2015)

4/6/2015 · A Solano, Calif., County supervisor will no longer officially participate in a prayer breakfast. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote Supervisor Linda Seifert on April 1, objecting to her participation in the Vallejo Prayer Breakfast: “It is unlawful under the First Amendment for a government … More »

Missouri school drops ‘character assembly’ (April 3, 2015)

4/3/2015 · After FFRF objected to inappropriate religious references at a public school assembly in Branson, Mo., the district has taken steps to ensure future assemblies will be religion-free. Last October, Branson Junior High School hosted a “character assembly” sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. A … More »

Teacher no longer leading devotions (April 2, 2015)

4/2/2015 · Akron, Ohio, Public Schools teacher Brad Lingenhoel will no longer lead a religious club at Buchtel Community Learning Center. FFRF received a report that a group called Buchtel Devo Group put on a program called "Wednesday Morning Devotions" in the library before school. Lingenhoel … More »

Church signs down at L.A. high school (March 27, 2015)

3/27/2015 · The Los Angeles Unified School District removed church advertising from school grounds after Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel informed the district March 6 that four permanently posted signs at University High School on Texas Avenue near Santa Monica Boulevard violated the Constitution. "When a school permanently … More »

Christian WyldLife not oxymoron (March 25, 2015)

3/25/2015 · A Chicago Public Schools teacher who regularly promoted weekly religious club meetings to students during instructional time will no longer be allowed to do so. A Greeley Elementary School teacher promoted meetings of WyldLife, a Christian club that meets in the school's gym after … More »

Church signs off L.A. school fence (March 20, 2015)

3/20/2015 · Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent a March 6 letter objecting to letting a church permanently post signs on the fence of University High School in Los Angeles. Vintage Church had been permitted to keep signs up around the clock for at least two years. FFRF's … More »

Good news: Gideons get left behind (March 19, 2015)

3/19/2015 · After FFRF received a report that Gideons International distributed bibles to students at Holly Hill Elementary School, Enterprise, Ala., Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote a March 18 complaint letter. "It is unconstitutional for public school districts to permit the Gideon Society to distribute bibles as … More »

FFRF ends prayer at Ohio athletics (March 18, 2015)

3/18/2015 · The St. Clairsville High School spring sports banquet in St. Clairsville, Ohio, did not include prayer, unlike its fall banquet, thanks to a Jan. 5 complaint letter from Staff Attorney Sam Grover. He sent the letter after learning that the St. Clairsville-Richland City School … More »

Bible verses by principal silenced (March 15, 2015)

3/15/2015 · Principal Dan Noll, White Oak [Texas] High School, has stopped his practice of reciting bible verses during morning announcements over the intercom. The district originally doubled down after getting Staff Attorney Sam Grover's complaint letter March 5. White Oak ISD Superintendent Michael Gilbert wrote … More »

K-Life Ministries no longer welcome (March 9, 2015)

3/9/2015 · Sheridan County School District #2, Sheridan, Wyo., will not let representatives from K-Life Ministries, a Christian youth organization, visit students during the school day. The group, based in Branson, Mo., is known nationally for insinuating its members into students' space at lunch tables to … More »

Letter remedies Okla. religious violations (March 9, 2015)

3/9/2015 · Chandler Public School District in Chandler, Okla., has resolved several constitutional violations after getting a Jan. 30 complaint letter from Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel, who wrote to object to reports about school-organized prayers at football practices and other athletic events, as well as a … More »

'You're a sinner' video plug pulled (March 9, 2015)

3/9/2015 · Palm Beach County School District in Florida has stopped making students watch a motivational speech by Christian evangelist Nick Vujicic. Boca Raton Middle School had required all students to watch one of Vujicic's speeches. He also spoke at several other schools in the district. Vujicic's … More »

Good news: Gideons get left behind (March 3, 2015)

3/3/2015 · Jefferson County School District in Madras, Ore., will no longer allow the Good News Club to park a trailer at Warm Springs K-8 Academy. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote to the district Feb. 16 after learning that the school board allowed the club to … More »

'Rogue speaker' out in Nebraska (March 2, 2015)

3/2/2015 · Elkhorn Valley View Middle School, Elkhorn, Neb., will ensure that future school assemblies are free from inappropriate religious content. Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott sent a letter of complaint March 2 about a Dec. 8, 2014, assembly about drug and alcohol awareness at which Pastor … More »

FFRF complaint stops teachers' prayer (Feb. 27, 2015)

2/27/2015 · Two Prattville Primary School teachers in Prattville, Ala., will no longer lead students in Christian prayer during the school day. FFRF received a report that one teacher led at least six classes in prayer while students were in the hallway on the way to … More »

Hotel bibles removed at Portland State (Feb. 26, 2015)

2/26/2015 · FFRF had been trying to obtain a response from Portland State University in Oregon about its hotel bibles since its original letter of complaint in February 2014. "If guests want to read this religious text during their stay, they should do what everyone else … More »

FFRF protects Minn. prisoners' rights (Feb. 23, 2015)

2/23/2015 · The Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud has agreed to discontinue providing extra gifts to prisoners who attend holiday Christian services. "Encouraging inmates to attend a church service is constitutionally impermissible because it coerces inmates to participate in a religious exercise, and sends the message … More »

Prayerful posts off Ohio school site (Feb. 19, 2015)

2/19/2015 · Eastern Local School District, Reedsville, Ohio, removed two religious posts after a car accident claimed the life of a former Eastern High School student. The posts called for "prayer warriors" to "lift all of [those involved in the accident] up in prayer." Senior Staff Attorney … More »

FFRF backs Georgia family in suit over elementary school prayer

2/18/2015 · On Feb. 9, 2015, FFRF filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern District of Georgia, alleging discrimination against two anonymous Doe children by their elementary school teachers. The complaint against Emanuel County Schools charges that teachers inflicted religious prayers on their captive student audiences … More »

Hand soap Jesus off school bottles (Feb. 18, 2015)

2/18/2015 · Bennett Elementary School in McKinney, Texas, removed hand sanitizer bottles that displayed the Lord's Prayer and the logo of a church. "Religion is a divisive force in public schools," wrote Staff Attorney Sam Grover. "Though the school may accept donations from religious entities such … More »

Religious odyssey off school schedule (Feb. 16, 2015)

2/16/2015 · FFRF learned that Tropic Isles Elementary School, North Fort Myers, Fla., planned a fifth-grade field trip to a church which was hosting a walk-through play entitled "Drug House Odyssey." Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote the school district on Feb. 12 informing them that the field … More »

Prayer get boot from graduation (Feb. 13, 2015)

2/13/2015 · Quehanna Boot Camp, an adult correctional facility in Karthaus, Pa., will not include prayers in future graduation ceremonies. Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote the camp Feb. 3 to object to the pastor-led prayers. The Department of Corrections responded Feb. 13, writing that the invocation and … More »

Dogmatic ‘Courageous’ off school screen (February 13, 2015)

7/16/2015 · Students at Willow Glen High School, San Jose, Calif., will not be subjected to future screenings of the Christian movie “Courageous.” A math and science teacher showed the movie to students, boasting on social media that his students “are hearing the Gospel as direct as … More »

FFRF stops Kansas proselytizing (Feb. 9, 2015)

2/9/2015 · Haskins Learning Center, a K-8 public school in Pratt, Kan., is presenting in-service training to teachers about religious proselytizing after FFRF again objected to the school's practices. Just six weeks earlier, the school had agreed to stop prayer at school events. But the day after … More »

Letter ends Kansas bible handouts (Feb. 6, 2015)

2/6/2015 · Unified School District 219 in Kansas has stopped a Minneola Elementary School teacher from distributing bibles to students. In a letter sent Jan. 30, Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel informed the district, "When a school distributes religious literature to its students, it entangles itself with … More »

W.Va. middle school crosses removed (Feb. 6, 2015)

2/6/2015 · Ravenswood Middle School in Ripley, W.Va., has taken down crosses that were previously displayed on school property. Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott wrote Jackson County Schools on Jan. 20 after learning that multiple crosses were placed in a garden near an entrance to the school. One … More »

Missouri park crèche won't be back (Feb. 4, 2015)

2/4/2015 · The Higginsville, Mo., Parks and Recreation Department has in the past displayed a large nativity scene in a public park with a sign saying "The Savior is Born." Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott sent the department a letter after a local resident complained: "By displaying this … More »

God out of Okla. police training (Feb. 4, 2015)

2/4/2015 · Oklahoma's Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) is taking steps to eliminate unconstitutional religious training materials after receiving an FFRF complaint. A peace officer in training told FFRF that during training, instructors and materials repeatedly promoted religion. Course materials contained statements such as, … More »

Turning Point Church crosses the line (Feb. 1, 2015)

2/1/2015 · Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, Ky., received FFRF complaints about several state/church violations. Leestown Middle School held a "retreat" for sixth graders at two churches. Students were given T-shirts at the retreat that advertised TurningPoint Church and its website. They were told to wear shirts … More »

FFRF stops bible study field trip (Jan. 27, 2015)

1/27/2015 · Del Norte County Unified School District stopped a teacher at Crescent Elk Middle School, Crescent City, Calif., from holding a bible study as part of an overnight field trip to her home. "When a school allows a teacher to lead students in a devotional bible … More »

Georgia school removes 10 Commandments (Jan. 26, 2015)

1/26/2015 · FFRF succeeded in getting a Ten Commandments display removed from the Pinevale Elementary School library in Valdosta, Ga. Staff Attorney Sam Grover in an Oct. 24 letter to Valdosta City Schools wrote, "Any student will view a Ten Commandments display in a school as … More »

No more Christian pumpkin patch trips (Jan. 23, 2015)

1/23/2015 · A field trip to a church-run pumpkin patch will not reoccur at Randolph Elementary in Centreville, Ala. Kindergartners and first graders were given nametags reading, "Hay there, Jesus loves you" with a bible verse underneath. Students' finger paintings also had bible verses printed at the … More »

South Dakota sex ed secularized (Jan 23, 2015)

1/23/2015 · The public school district in Aberdeen, S.D., which showed a Catholic version of a sex education program to students, is taking steps to correct the violation after getting a Jan. 9 letter from Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott. The health curriculum at Central High School included … More »

'Praying hands' image off school wall (Jan. 20, 2015)

1/20/2015 · After initially refusing, Kenneth Cooper Middle School officials in Oklahoma have removed a poster called "Faith in America" featuring two children with their hands clasped in prayer in front of an American flag. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel first wrote to Putnam County Schools about … More »

FFRF ends Georgia teachers’ proselytizing (Jan. 5, 2015)

1/5/2015 · Elementary school faculty in the Whitfield County School District, Georgia, will no longer teach their young students religion thanks to a letter sent by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF received a report from a parent whose Antioch Elementary School kindergartener was informed that Christmas … More »

Alabama elementary students won’t “See You At The Pole” (Dec. 22, 2014)

12/22/2014 · Thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, teachers and church groups will not be permitted to lead religious events at Athens Elementary School in Athens, Ala. In 2013, a local church group was permitted to lead a “See You At The Pole” gathering, a Christian … More »

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