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FFRF stops bible distribution in elementary school (April 9, 2014)

4/9/2014 · After a concerned parent contacted FFRF, Lincoln Elementary School in Pryor, Okla., will no longer allow the evangelical Christian group Gideons International to distribute bibles to grade school students. According to the complainant, teachers took fifth grade classes to the cafeteria where Gideon representatives sat … More »

FFRF assists another nonbeliever toward naturalization (March 20, 2014)

3/31/2014 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation assisted a non believing applicant to become a U.S. citizen after she encountered a religious test for a citizen oath. Adriana Ramirez, an applicant for naturalization, was recently denied citizenship because her moral unwillingness to bear arms is not based … More »

FFRF stops Christian film from airing in public school (March 14, 2014)

3/14/2014 · A school in New York will no longer show the Christian film, “How to Save a Life,” in a sophomore health class. FFRF received the complaint from a parent of a high school student at Jamesville-DeWitt Central School District, DeWitt, N.Y. FFRF Senior Staff Attorney … More »

FFRF assures Gideon-free school zone in Tennessee (February 21, 2014)

2/21/2014 · A complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation ensures bibles will no longer be distributed by the Gideon International in a Tennessee high school. A concerned parent informed FFRF that the Gideons were allowed to distribute bibles in Madisonville Intermediate School. A parent reported that … More »

Religious poster becomes picture thing of the past (February 21, 2014)

2/21/2014 · FFRF was informed that a classroom in Bernard Campbell Middle School in Lee’s Summit Mo., displayed a religious poster prominently on the wall facing the students. The poster read, “Blessed are the people who know the joyful Sound! They walk, O Lord, in the … More »

FFRF prevents nativity scene from returning to school cafeteria (February 28, 2014)

2/18/2014 · A public school in Fertile, Minn., will no longer place a nativity scene in the cafeteria, as it did last December. According to local news sources, the display was temporarily removed, then put back up following a vote of the school board late last … More »

Good News Club permission slips no longer handled by teacher (January 28, 2014)

1/28/2014 · FFRF was informed that an elementary school secretary in Sanford, Fla., will no longer be collecting or coordinating Good News Club permission slips after a complaint was sent on Jan. 24. Child Evangelism Fellowship of Central Florida had distributed registration forms to Geneva Elementary School … More »

“All Pro Dad” meetings no longer advertised in public school flyer (January 28, 2014)

1/28/2014 · FFRF stopped a White Bluffs Elementary School in Washington from promoting prayer and worship in school flyers. Meetings in the school by All Pro Dad, a private organization which focuses on religious programming, were advertised in a flyer sent home in children’s backpacks that … More »

Student sitting down for the pledge (January 25, 2014)

1/25/2014 · A student at Southwest Middle School in Orange County Fla., will no longer be coerced into reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. After refusing to stand for the pledge, the student was taken aside by a teacher and told by the school’s attendance dean to stand … More »

FFRF remove religious symbols in elementary classroom (January 14, 2014)

1/14/2014 · FFRF was informed that a classroom in Southside Elementary School in Pulaski, Tenn., displayed numerous prominent images of Jesus and crosses. FFRF sent a letter on Dec. 17 to Giles County Superintendent Timothy Webb explaining that teachers may not promote religion in the secular … More »

Illegal poster removed from Texas classroom (January 9, 2014)

1/9/2014 · A teacher in Rusk, Texas, will no longer be displaying religious iconography after FFRF was contacted by a concerned parent of a Rusk High School student. The poster read, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God the … More »

Changes in Minnesota school district slowly taking root (January 8, 2014)

1/8/2014 · Since 2010, FFRF has received multiple complaints about prayer at Pillager Public School events in Minnesota. In 2010, FFRF objected to a prayer led by a pastor at a Veterans Day assembly for all K-12 students. Superintendent Chuck Arns gave assurances that prayers would … More »

FFRF vanishes religious sign at West Virginia school (January 3, 2014)

1/3/2014 · The superintendent of the Wayne County (W.Va.) School District will ensure that religious messages are not put on school marquees after the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote a letter notifying her of one such marquee and informing her of the constitutional problems it posed. Buffalo … More »

FFRF deletes religious postings from sheriff's department’s Facebook page (January 2, 2014)

1/2/2014 · The Douglas County (Ga.) Sheriff K-9 Unit’s Facebook page no longer posts religious messages after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complained. The page administrator regularly posted bible quotes on Sundays, as well as several other Christian-themed posts. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote to the sheriff … More »

FFRF ends religious advertising in Ohio elementary school (December 23, 2013)

12/23/2013 · After receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, South Bloomfield Elementary School (Ashville, Ohio) will no longer be permitted to pass out religious flyers to its young students. A concerned parent contacted FFRF when her child brought home an advertisement for “A Night … More »

Coaches Reigned In on Prayer at N.C. High School (December 20, 2013)

12/20/2013 · After a complaint by, coaches at South Central High School in Winterville, N.C., received a lesson from the school principal on the Constitution. On Nov. 27, 2013, FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott wrote to the Pitt County School District about reports of coach-led prayers … More »

FFRF halts proselytizing group’s access to families at public school (December 19, 2013)

12/19/2013 · Thanks to FFRF, a proselytizing group will no longer have access to families at Frick Middle School in Oakland, Calif. A religious organization called Points of Light hosted a barbecue at a “Back to School Night” simultaneously alongside school activities. FFRF’s complainant reported that … More »

FFRF down's nativity scene at Ohio school district (December 18, 2013)

12/18/2013 · The superintendent of Green Local Schools in Ohio took down a nativity scene after receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Superintendent Judith Robinson had displayed a nativity scene in the window of her office. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote to her on … More »

Band director no longer directing prayer at S.C. high school (December 12, 2013)

12/12/2013 · The marching band director at a high school in Rock Hill School District Three, Rock Hill, S.C., had apparently initiated a student prayer circle prior to performances. FFRF successfully ended this practice, thanks to FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott, who contacted the school’s legal … More »

FFRF ends prayers during North Carolina Education Lottery meeting (December 6, 2013)

12/6/2013 · A complainant reported to FFRF that annual Thanksgiving celebrations at a department within the North Carolina Education Lottery (NCEL) have included prayers initiated by the department director. In a letter written on Nov. 29, FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott urged NCEL Executive Director Alice … More »

FFRF removes meal-time prayer at South Carolina senior center (December 5, 2013)

12/5/2013 · Thanks to FFRF, prayers will no longer precede meals at the Simpsonville Activity and Senior Center in Simpsonville, S.C. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel warned the Parks and Recreation Department, which runs the center, that such religious practices in government-supported organizations are prohibited by … More »

FFRF ends religious promotion by police (December 4, 2013)

12/4/2013 · FFRF stopped proselytization by a police officer in Toledo, Ohio. A concerned citizen informed FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell that during a traffic collision investigation, after asking whether the citizen attended church, the officer started recommending to him various churches in the area. Cavell requested … More »

Faculty barred from religious extracurricular at New York school (December 3, 2013)

12/3/2013 · FFRF reminded the Hyde Park Central School District in New York that active involvement of faculty during after-school clubs is inappropriate.  In a Nov. 7 letter to Superintendent Greer Rychcik, FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell requested that staff at F.D. Roosevelt High School in Staatsburg, … More »

New Jersey restaurant retracts exclusive discount (December 2, 2013)

12/2/2013 ·  FFRF successfully ended a discount extended exclusively to church-goers by Aleathea’s Restaurant in Cape May, N.J. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell, contacted by a concerned customer, advised the restaurant to drop the discriminatory practice in a Oct. 10 letter:  “Your restaurant’s restrictive promotional practice favors … More »

FFRF Ousts bibles from University of Wisconsin-Extension Lodging (December 1, 2013)

12/1/2013 · In November 2013, a concerned citizen informed FFRF that the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Lowell Center, a large conference center on the UW-Madison campus, contained a copy of the Gideon Bible in each of its 137 guest rooms. The seven story Lowell Center is capable … More »

FFRF sues Pismo Beach over prayers, chaplain

11/21/2013 · FFRF sues Pismo Beach over prayers, chaplain FFRF and a Pismo Beach member and citizen, Sari Dworkin, are challenging the city council's prayers and their appointment of a city chaplain. The lawsuit was filed on November 1, 2013, in the Superior Court of San Luis … More »

FFRF ends graduations in church (November 21, 2014)

11/21/2013 · Lewis Center for Educational Research Academy for Academic Excellence (AAE) in Apple Valley Calif., will no longer hold its graduation ceremony in a church. According to the complainant, AAE has held past graduation ceremonies in churches where crosses, bible verses and other religious symbols … More »

FFRF stops school from forcing students to recite pledge of allegiance (November 20, 2013)

11/20/2013 · Students in an Oquirrh Hills Middle School (West Jordan, Utah) classroom will no longer be reprimanded for refusing to recite the pledge of allegiance, thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s involvement. An Oquirrh Hills student contacted FFRF saying that on multiple occasions, a teacher … More »

No more "blessings" at mandatory employee meetings in South Carolina school district (November 19, 2013)

11/19/2013 · FFRF successfully ended prayers during annual state in-service meetings for transportation employees at the Berkeley County School District in South Carolina.  The complainant informed FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott that formal prayer had become a part of the mandatory event in the current and preceding … More »

FFRF stops illegal church discount (November 8, 2013)

11/8/2013 · Luna's Friendswood, a Mexican restaurant with six different locations in Texas, has stopped offering a 10% discount to dine-in customers who presented a current church bulletin on Sundays. FFRF Staff Attorney Liz Cavell and constitutional consultant Sam Grover sent a letter Oct. 10 to the … More »

Rallies at Oklahoma high school will include pep but no prayer (November 4, 2013)

11/4/2013 · A concerned student reported to FFRF that pep rallies at Alva High School in Alva, Okla., regularly featured student-led prayer circles supported by the faculty. In a letter sent on Oct. 23, FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel reminded Superintendent Steve Parkhurst and the school … More »

FFRF ends prayers during morning announcements in Alabama high school (October 31, 2013)

10/31/2013 · Until October, Hokes Bluff High School in Etowah County, Ala., began school mornings with student-led recitations of bible passages over the school’s intercommunications system, a regimen approved by school administration. A concerned student reported this practice to FFRF, and staff attorney Andrew Seidel followed … More »

Prayers are dropped from pregame routine in Oregon high school (October 29, 2013)

10/29/2013 · The Aloha High School (Aloha, Ore.) football team will no longer implement prayers in its pregame routine, thanks to a concerned student who reported this practice to FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel. Seidel crafted a letter to Superintendent Jeff Rose on Oct. 25, citing … More »

FFRF grounds prayer at Atlanta airport (October 28, 2013)

10/28/2013 · A staff member at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport attended an employee and customer satisfaction luncheon that was organized by the airport, which is owned by the city of Atlanta and is the busiest U.S. airport. The lunch began with a Christian prayer, during which … More »

Tenn. judge cited for nixing Messiah (October 23, 2013)

10/23/2013 · On Aug. 14, FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert wrote to Timothy R. Discenza, disciplinary counsel for the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct in Nashville, to lodge a formal complaint about Lu Ann Ballew, a child support magistrate. Ballew had presided over a child … More »

FFRF stops teachers from wearing “Jesus Is My Hero shirts” (October 23, 2013)

10/23/2013 · Teachers at the Buchtel Community Learning Center will no longer be allowed to wear religious-themed T-shirts in Akron, Ohio. These T-shirts promote the school’s athletic program with messages such as “Jesus Is My Hero,” “Pick Up the Cross and Follow Me: Jesus” and “God’s … More »

FFRF Stops mandatory treatment prayers (October 22, 2013)

10/22/2013 · Military veterans sent to substance abuse treatment by the Sacramento Veterans Administration in California will be offered an alternative to religious programs because of an FFRF letter of complaint.FFRF was contacted by a veteran who said that in his program, he was forced to … More »

FFRF prevents future prayers and discrimination at Ohio high school (October 22, 2013)

10/22/2013 · FFRF advised the administration of Western Brown High School in Mt. Orab, Ohio to refrain from incorporating prayers during school-sponsored events. A concerned parent informed FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel that prayer had taken place at the National Honor Society induction ceremony this year. In … More »

Religious teachings stopped during music classes at Michigan elementary school (October 16, 2013)

10/16/2013 · FFRF has stopped religious music lessons at Emmons Lake Elementary School in Caledonia, Mich., thanks to FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel, who contacted the Caledonia Community Schools District on behalf of a concerned parent. In his Oct. 3 letter to Superintendent Randy Rodriguez, Seidel … More »

FFRF helps end coach-led prayer (October 15, 2013)

10/15/2013 · A coach at West Linn High School in Tualatin, Ore., will no longer participate in team prayer. FFRF received a complaint last fall that Assistant Coach Art Williams would regularly join a circle of football players to bow his head in prayer. FFRF Staff Attorney … More »

Teacher: Freedom ‘comes from God’ (October 14, 2013)

10/14/2013 · A Michigan social studies teacher will no longer be allowed to distribute and display a poster with the Pledge of Allegiance alongside a message asserting that “our freedom ultimately comes from God” and that the founding fathers felt similarly. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent an … More »

FFRF ceases 'See You at the Pole' event (October 14, 2013)

10/14/2013 · A concerned student from Columbian High School in Tiffin, Ohio, contacted FFRF about a "See You At the Pole" event, which has since been investigated and halted. This event was organized and promoted by a teacher at the school and involved pizza, devotion and … More »

FFRF stops school-sponsored prayer group at Tennessee elementary (September 24)

9/24/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation stopped a prayer group co-sponsored by a Baptist church and school officials that walked through the hallways of Hardy Elementary School in Chattanooga, Tenn. This is the latest in a long string of violations FFRF has complained about in … More »

FFRF halts graduation ceremony at church (September 3, 2013)

9/9/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has halted a school district from using a church building for their graduation ceremony. FFRF, a Wis.-based state/church watchdog, recently sent a letter to Hoover High School Superintendent Michael Hartenstein regarding the school's troubling practice of holding commencement ceremonies … More »

FFRF complaint removed Latin cross seal from public building (August 30, 2013)

8/30/2013 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint removed the public display of an unconstitutional city seal depicting a cross in Wauwatosa, Wis. After FFRF was contacted by a local complainant, it sent a letter on June 18 to Mayor Kathleen Ehley. The City of Wauwatosa formerly had … More »

FFRF removes out-of-context Washington quote that puts down nonbelievers (August 23, 2013)

8/23/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation successfully petitioned an Oklahoma county to remove a partial quote from President George Washington displayed on the county website.FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent Creek County Clerk Jennifer Mortazavi a June 25 letter outlining why the quote, which endorsed … More »

FFRF ensures NY town’s bicentennial celebration stays secular (August 23, 2013)

8/23/2013 · A New York town removed a prayer service from the town's government-sponsored bicentennial anniversary celebration, after being contacted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.The prayer service was slated to take place on September 7 at a historic site in Victor, N.Y. The prayer service … More »

FFRF stops mandated Christian programs for probation condition (August 22, 2013)

8/22/2013 · FFRF recently halted the practice of compelling convicted offenders to attend Miracle Lake Christian Training Center and other similar institutions as a condition of probation in Tennessee. Forced attendance for probation did not offer alternate non-religious, non-spiritual treatment options. FFRF received a complaint from an … More »

Ohio high school rethinks wrestling team’s prayers (August 20, 2013)

8/20/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation appears to have stopped a New Lexington, Ohio, high school's coach-led prayer before wrestling matches.FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert sent a June 13 letter to New Lexington City Schools Superintendent Tonya Sherburne requesting she stop the coach-led prayers."New … More »

FFRF drops minister-led high school graduation prayers (August 20, 2013)

8/20/2013 · A high school in Hawley, Penn., dropped religious rituals from its graduation ceremony after receiving a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.A minister led an invocation and a benediction at Wallenpaupack Area High School's June 14, 2013 graduation ceremony. The graduation program included … More »

FFRF ends prayer at Arizona charter school graduation (August 19, 2013)

8/19/2013 · The football coach at Sunrise Mountain High School (Glendale, Ariz.) will no longer be allowed to force students to pray or pressure them to join the school’s Christian club, nor will faculty be allowed to participate in the club, due to a complaint letter … More »

FFRF complaint removes Ten Commandments poster from school library (August 13, 2013)

8/13/2013 · FFRF has removed a Ten Commandments poster from the Blytheville High School library in Blytheville, Ark. FFRF received a complaint from a local resident reporting that the Ten Commandments poster was featured prominently near the library checkout station. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott sent a … More »

Graduation prayer now a thing of the past at LSU (August 7, 2013)

8/7/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation ended the prayers that were formerly a part of Louisiana State University A & M's graduation ceremony.Concerned students contacted FFRF about the university's graduation prayers, which have been going on for years. The 2013 graduation included a Catholic priest … More »

FFRF: students can give thanks without a god (July 29, 2013)

7/29/2013 · Thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, future celebrations at an elementary school in Mount Vernon, Ohio, will not include school-sponsored prayer.A concerned local resident brought the constitutional violation to FFRF's attention after the local newspaper featured a picture of praying students at Pleasant … More »

FFRF ends Arkansas school’s sponsorship of baccalaureate service (July 19, 2013)

7/19/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation caused an Arkansas school to disassociate itself from future religious baccalaureate services after the school officially invited graduating seniors to attend the May 19 service.FFRF was contacted after Dardanelle High School planned a baccalaureate service for the graduating seniors … More »

Principal’s office no place for bible quotes, says FFRF (July 19, 2013)

7/19/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation ensured an elementary school in San Bernardino, Calif., removed a framed bible quote prominently displayed in the principal's office.FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent a June 26 letter to San Bernardino City Unified School District Superintendent outlining why the … More »

FFRF, local member boot church trailers from Arizona school (July 18, 2013)

7/18/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation successfully removed church trailers covered in church advertisements from a public high school parking lot.The church rents space from Vista Grande High School in Casa Grande, Ariz., on the weekends. The church was leaving its trailers, which are covered … More »

FFRF keeps sushi discounts secular (July 16, 2013)

7/16/2013 · Thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, churchgoers will have one less restaurant to patronize on Sundays if they are looking for a special ‘church bulletin discount.’ A couple who dined at Tokyo Japanese Restaurant in Fairhope, Ala., informed FFRF about a sign hanging in … More »

FFRF downs cross at Texas school (July 15, 2013)

7/15/2013 · A Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint successfully removed a framed cross from an elementary school office in Brock, Texas.FFRF Staff Attorney Liz Cavell contacted Brock Independent School District Superintendent Richard Tedder on June 13 requesting he remove the cross from Brock Elementary School. She … More »

No preaching visitors allowed on New Hampshire school property (July 12, 2013)

7/12/2013 · Thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a woman who prayed aloud and promoted her religion daily to the students at a New Hampshire public high school will no longer be allowed to do so. A concerned resident of the Concord New Hampshire School District … More »

FFRF action drops prayers from Michigan high school graduation (July 11, 2013)

7/11/2013 · A Michigan high school will no longer include school-sponsored prayers in its graduation ceremony after the Freedom From Religion Foundation took action. Attendees to Ross Beatty Junior/Senior High School graduation in Cassopolis, Mich., contacted FFRF after the ceremony opened and closed with a prayer, both … More »

Religious posters aren’t in Kansas public school anymore (July 11, 2013)

7/11/2013 · A letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation successfully took down eight Christian posters from a public high school math classroom in McPherson, Kan.A concerned district resident contacted FFRF about the eight posters, which were prominently displayed in the teacher's classroom. The posters included … More »

Religious song sung no more at California school (July 10, 2013)

7/10/2013 · Action by the Freedom From Religion Foundation ended a public school's promotion of a religious song.An elementary school in Rancho Cordova promoted the song "America" as their song of the month late last year. The song includes several appeals to the Christian god, including … More »

FFRF ends bible handouts in Washington high school (July 10, 2013)

7/10/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation ensured the Gideons will not be allowed to hand out bibles to students at Cascade School District in Everett, Wash.The Gideons are an organization of evangelical Christian men who force New Testament bibles onto people, particularly children, and attempt … More »

FFRF halts bible distribution at grade school (July 10, 2013)

7/10/2013 · Gideons International (an evangelizing Christian male organization) is not allowed to distribute bibles to students at Idyllwild Elementary School in Hemet, Calif. FFRF's complainant told FFRF that this practice, which was approved by the district, was one of several instances where her child was … More »

FFRF helps to call-off unconstitutional constitution classes in Ohio (July 4, 2013)

7/4/2013 · A complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation cancelled two constitution classes, to have been based on videos and lessons distributed by right-wing religious groups, which were scheduled to begin this summer in Springboro, Ohio. FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert wrote to the President … More »

Wisconsin city’s school buses are now Gideon-free (July 3, 2013)

7/3/2013 · A complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation ensured men from the Gideon Society will no longer force their bibles on school children riding the bus.A bus driver for Medford Are Middle School in Medford, Wis. made an unauthorized stop to allow a member … More »

Haas Hall Academy has graduation prayers no more (July 2, 2013)

7/2/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation put an end to graduation prayers at a Fayetteville, Ark., high school.A concerned local resident contacted FFRF after Haas Hall Academy's 2013 graduation began with a prayer. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott contacted Haas Hall Academy Superintendent Martin Schoppmeyer, … More »

Supreme Court precedent takes down b-ball court prayer (July 1, 2013)

7/1/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation prevented future teacher-led prayers from plaguing a Kentucky school district after a basketball coach led a pregame prayer circle. FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert contacted the two school district superintendents responsible for Monticello High School on July 1. She … More »

Church banner banned from public school grounds (July 1, 2013)

7/1/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation helped remove a church banner located on public school grounds in Moreno Valley, Calif.A concerned local resident contacted FFRF after noticing the church's banner remained on school property 24/7 even though the church only rents the school's facilities on … More »

FFRF gives Texas school the gift of constitutional literacy (June 28, 2013)

6/28/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation removed an unconstitutional cross from a Texas high school’s office. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell contacted Millsap Independent School District Superintendent in a June 13 letter. She explained the cross display is illegal and requested its removal. A cross display … More »

FFRF protects Kentucky students from Salvation Army (June 26, 2013)

6/26/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has convinced a Louisville middle school to hold future 8th grade graduation ceremonies at a secular location, after the Salvation Army hosted the most recent ceremony and refused to remove or cover religious iconography.A concerned parent contacted FFRF after … More »

Texas high school drops support for church baccalaureate (June 25, 2013)

6/25/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation successfully petitioned a Texas high school to end its support for the graduation baccalaureates a Catholic Church puts on for their high school students.A concerned parent of a student at Texas City School in Texas City, Texas, turned to … More »

FFRF convinces Minnesota school to stop promoting church services (June 21, 2013)

6/21/2013 · Thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Woodbury, Minn. high school will no longer allow a church to advertise on the school's electronic sign. Eagle Brook Church rents East Ridge High School on Sundays for worship services, and regularly advertised their services on … More »

FFRF examines, stops Georgia pre-exam “prayer circle” (June 12, 2013)

6/12/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation reminded the Lowndes County School System in Valdosta, Ga., that schools cannot inject religion into their classrooms. A concerned parent contacted FFRF after her student’s classmates and teachers ostracized him when he refused to participate in the Hahira Elementary School … More »

FFRF prevents future student-led prayers at Texas graduation (June 11, 2013)

6/11/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has persuaded a Texas high school to keep unconstitutional prayers out of its graduation ceremony. A concerned parent contacted FFRF about Schulenburg High School’s intention to include a benediction and invocation each led by a student at its graduation ceremony. … More »

FFRF boots out Christian proselytizers from Oklahoma school (June 11, 2013)

6/11/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation successfully blocked religious groups from recruiting and proselytizing students at Newman Middle School in Oklahoma. Members of a local church came to the middle school at lunchtime to hand out pamphlets that contained bible quotes and the church’s address. They … More »

FFRF and Island County, Wash., leaders agree church and state best kept separate (June 10, 2013)

6/10/2013 · The County Board of Commissioners in Island County, Wash., chose not to start scheduling illegal prayer at its meetings after the Freedom From Religion Foundation corresponded with the Board. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent a letter to the Island County Board of Commissioners on … More »

Gideons say goodbye to Texas middle school (June 7, 2013)

6/7/2013 · The Gideon Society will no longer pass out bibles to students at Heritage Middle School in Colleyville, Texas after the Freedom From Religion Foundation stood up for the students’ constitutional rights. The Gideons are a group of Protestant men who pass out New Testament bibles … More »

FFRF helps N.C. students remove prayer from graduation (June 6, 2013)

6/6/2013 · After receiving pressure from the Freedom From Religion Foundation and students, Chatham County Schools ended its longstanding practice of prayer at school graduations. Two students at Jordan-Matthews High School, Luis Lucas-Tzun and Michael Thorpe, contacted FFRF and spoke at a school board meeting in opposition … More »

FFRF turns away Flying Churchman from Oklahoma School (June 5, 2013)

6/5/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation received a complaint that a choral worship convert was permitted to perform in Choctaw High School, Oklahoma. The worship service was labeled a "concert" during the announcement over the schools' PA system and lasted until the end of the scheduled … More »

FFRF prevents future graduation prayers (June 3, 2013)

6/3/2013 · The Douglas School District in Box Elder, S.D., will no longer have unconstitutional prayer at graduation ceremonies and other school sponsored events, thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation.FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott contacted the District Superintendent Loren Scheer in a May 30 letter, … More »

FFRF prevents distribution of Ten Commandments at Ohio graduation (May 31, 2013)

5/31/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation stopped an outside organization from distributing Ten Commandments plaques to students at the graduation ceremony of Fostoria High School in Fostoria, Ohio.FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert contacted Fostoria City Schools Superintendent Andrew Sprang on May 31, requesting that … More »

FFRF Protects California students from godly teacher (May 29, 2013)

5/29/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation stood up for a student at Sea View Elementary after the teacher promoted religion in the classroom. The teacher at the Salton City, Calif., elementary school told students they were offending god when they used swear words that contained the … More »

FFRF kicks pastor out of Pennsylvania public schools (May 23, 2013)

5/23/2013 · A Baptist pastor will no longer be permitted to visit a captive audience of middle and high school students in the Wattsburg Area School District after the Freedom From Religion Foundation worked with a concerned local parent. The Greenfield Baptist Church had been sending youth … More »

FFRF ensures prayer not part of Oklahoma graduation (May 21, 2013)

5/21/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation stopped Tahlequah High School from conducting an unconstitutional prayer at the graduation ceremony. Nonreligious students at the high school, in Tahlequah, Okla., became alarmed when instructions for the 2013 ceremony requested male students remove their hats for prayer. FFRF had … More »

FFRF stops professor from handing out bibles (May 17, 2013)

5/17/2013 · A Erie Community College professor from Orchard Park, New York, will no longer be allowed to hand out bibles in class. A student from a minority religion was taking his class final May 8, 2012 when his professor placed a folded manila envelope on his … More »

No extra schoolwork for students who don’t attend baccalaureate (May 17, 2013)

5/17/2013 · Students at Stilwell High School in Stilwell, Okla., are not required to do extra work if they choose not to attend a religious graduation service, called a baccalaureate, as the result of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s complaint. A concerned parent reached out to FFRF … More »

Public school ‘left behind’ proselytizing Christian book (May 15, 2013)

5/15/2013 · A complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation removed an evangelical Christian book from an elementary school in the Mead School District of Spokane, Wash. A concerned parent alerted FFRF after her Prairie View Elementary student read a children’s version of a book in the … More »

Oklahoma elementary school stops showing Christian videos (May 8, 2013)

5/8/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation enforced the First Amendment by stopping Verdigris Public Schools in Claremore, Okla. from continuing to air "Veggie Tales," a proselytizing Christian TV show.A concerned parent contacted FFRF after her first grade student watched "Veggie Tales" at Verdigris Lower Elementary. … More »

FFRF rids Mich. high school of graduation prayers (May 1, 2013)

5/1/2013 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation has helped end a longstanding violation of prayers at a Michigan high school graduation ceremony. A concerned student at Galesburg-Augusta High School in Galesburg, Mich., contacted FFRF hoping to stop at her upcoming May 31, 2013 graduation. FFRF Staff Attorney Rebecca … More »

Lord’s Prayer dropped from Penn. public meetings (April 25, 2013)

4/25/2013 · The Board of Supervisors in Newberry Township, Penn. will no longer recite the Lord's Prayer at monthly meetings, after being contacted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report the state/church violation, which had been going on for years. … More »

Ohio Prayer Breakfast breaks ties with city government (April 24, 2013)

4/24/2013 · Thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the city of Columbus, Ohio, will no longer promote, finance or plan an annual prayer breakfast.Columbus' Mayor Michael Coleman and a city office coordinated and organized the 2012 interfaith prayer service, which took place on June 12, … More »

FFRF makes clear National Day of Prayer is not school-sponsored (April 23, 2013)

4/23/2013 · A concerned parent contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation when posters announcing the National Day of Prayer were put up around Tiffin High School in Tiffin, Ohio. The posters were promoting the May 2 National Day of Prayer and contained a bible quote from Matthew … More »

FFRF: school play is no time to pray (April 17, 2013)

4/17/2013 · An Indiana primary school will make sure school officials no longer lead prayer at school functions after the Freedom From Religion Foundation contacted the school district.A concerned parent of a student at North Knox Primary School contacted FFRF after the principal delivered a Christian … More »

Teaching the ‘Truth About Dinosaurs’ a mammoth mistake (April 16, 2013)

4/16/2013 · Following a complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Missouri elementary school will no longer host guest speakers who attempt to indoctrinate students with misinformation about science, history and reality.A concerned parent reached out to FFRF after students as young as five years … More »

FFRF halts Ark. teacher’s religious promotion (April 15, 2013)

4/15/2013 · Thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a math teacher at an Arkansas high school will no longer promote or discuss her religion in class.FFRF was informed that the teacher regularly proselytized her captive audience of students at Harmony Grove High School in Benton, … More »

FFRF bold move removes cross on Ga. school property (April 15, 2013)

4/15/2013 · Dawson High School in Dawsonville, Ga. painted over a depiction of a Latin cross located on a large boulder on the high school’s property, after a complaint by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott contacted the attorney for the Dawson County … More »

FFRF ends religious oath in federal court (April 13, 2013)

4/13/2013 · FFRF Staff Attorney Liz Cavell contacted Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Conley on March 29 to request that he change the language of the Oath for Admission for the Western District of Wisconsin. Every new attorney applying for admission to practice in the … More »

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