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FFRF and AHA take on cross in Pensacola public park

5/5/2016 · 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 »

FFRF sues to remove cross in park in Santa Clara, Calif.

5/3/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with member Andrew DeFaria, sued the City of Santa Clara, Calif., on April 20, 2016, to remove a large Latin cross from a city park. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District … More »

FFRF brings suit over censorship of atheist scholarships

4/12/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with the Antelope Valley Freethinkers and its head David Dionne, sued the Antelope Valley Union High School District on April 12, 2016 after the school district repeatedly refused to advertise scholarships offered by the groups because of their atheism. The … More »

Gaylor v. Lew challenges IRS clergy housing privileges

4/6/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation renewed its challenge against the IRS U.S.C. § 107 in a federal lawsuit filed on April 6, 2016, in the Western District of Wisconsin. FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker name as defendants Jacob Lew, U.S. secretary … More »

FFRF, member sue Shelton, Conn. over viewpoint censorship

3/24/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with member Jerome H. Bloom, filed suit March 22, 2016, in U.S. District Court, Connecticut, against the city of Shelton and its mayor and parks director after their request to put up a display in a city park was denied. … More »

FFRF sues Texas sheriff over cross decals

3/4/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and two of its members filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, Alpine Division, on March 2, 2016, against Brewster County Sheriff Ronny Dodson over his decision to affix Latin cross decals on county … More »

Ohio bible study groups adhere to law (March 2, 2016)

3/2/2016 · Faith Memorial Church in Lancaster, Ohio, participated in bible study groups in a number of local public schools. The church listed such groups in eight public schools in its vicinity, including four high schools. Most of the clubs met during the schools' lunch breaks … More »

Bible distribution ends in 3 districts (February 29, 2016)

2/29/2016 · At the Cleveland County School District in Rison, Ark., the district superintendent confirmed to FFRF that the Gideons would no longer distribute bibles to students in classrooms at Rison Elementary School, and that the Gideon representatives would no longer be allowed to speak with … More »

Invocations to be nonsectarian (February 26, 2016)

2/26/2016 · The Plano Independent School District Board of Trustees has dropped Christian invocations from its meetings in favor of "nonsectarian inspirational messages" after hearing from FFRF. FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover first wrote on Dec. 7, 2015, informing the board, "It is beyond the scope of … More »

FFRF vs. Abbott challenges Bill of Rights display censorship

2/25/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit in the Western District of Texas, Austin division, on February 25, 2016, challenging the remove of its approved Bill of Rights display from the Texas State Capitol by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. FFRF had a … More »

‘Appeal to Heaven’ flag removed (February 25, 2016)

2/25/2016 · Shelby County, Ohio, is no longer displaying an Appeal to Heaven flag in a county building after hearing from FFRF. Members of the Appeal to Heaven movement "honor the Lord by networking elected officials who are believers in Jesus Christ, who regularly attend and display … More »

Kansas district drops creationism (February 22, 2016)

2/22/2016 · The Sylvan-Unified School District 299 in Sylvan Grove, Kan., will no longer permit the teaching of creationism. A student contacted FFRF to relate that a science teacher at Sylvan-Lucas Junior/Senior High School had long been teaching creationism and presenting her biology students with "evidence" against … More »

Grad info session moved from church (February 19, 2016)

2/19/2016 · The Columbia Borough School District in Columbia, Pa., will not hold events in church any longer. Last year, Columbia High School required graduating students to attend a graduation practice in a Christian church to receive caps and gowns, as well as information about the ceremony. … More »

‘In God We Trust’ picture taken down (February 18, 2016)

2/18/2016 · Kettle Falls Middle School in Washington has taken down a picture reading "In God We Trust" over the backdrop of an American flag, after FFRF complained. FFRF Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler wrote to the Kettle Falls School District on Nov. 23, 2015. "This posting falsely … More »

FFRF wins two battles in California district (February 12, 2016)

2/12/2016 · In California, Lake Elsinore Unified School District's "Student of the Month" luncheons with the local Chamber of Commerce will no longer be religious events, and a praying coach has been taken to task. The monthly lunches that honored students for their academic achievements took place … More »

Graduation prayers ended (February 10, 2016)

2/10/2016 · The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District will no longer include prayers at graduation ceremonies. FFRF objected to the practice in a Jan. 14 letter. "The Supreme Court has continually struck down prayers at school-sponsored events, including public school graduations," Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote to … More »

FFRF again gets rid of ‘Jesus is My Hero’ shirts (February 9, 2016)

2/9/2016 · FFRF has again ensured that staff at Akron Public Schools in Ohio will not be permitted to wear "Jesus Is My Hero" T-shirts in school. FFRF first dealt with the shirts in 2013, which promoted the Buchtel Community Learning Center's athletic program. The district notified … More »

School officials to be neutral (February 8, 2016)

2/8/2016 · The Morgan County Schools in Alabama have reminded a coach and a band director to keep state and church separate after FFRF stepped in with a written complaint. A Danville High School student informed FFRF that, after the end of football games, the team's coaches … More »

Bible distribution ends in Ohio (February 8, 2016)

2/8/2016 · After receiving a complaint from FFRF, the River View Local School District in Warsaw, Ohio, also will no longer permit the Gideons to distribute bibles. Students were reportedly separated into groups who wanted and did not want to receive bibles. The children who elected not … More »

Library open during Dalai Lama event (February 4, 2016)

2/4/2016 · The public library system in Madison, Wis. decided in February not to close its central downtown branch for a March private event for the Dalai Lama. FFRF, whose office is located across the street from the library, was one of the community voices objecting … More »

Florida charter school gets default notice (February 3, 2016)

2/3/2016 · FFRF had warned the Duval County School Board in Florida in January that the Seacoast Charter Academy seemed like a thinly disguised religious establishment. The institution, which was run as part of a private Christian school for almost 20 years, became a kindergarten to fifth-grade … More »

Religious mural on wall painted over (February 3, 2016)

2/3/2016 · The Holy Land Experience, located in Orlando, painted a mural on a retaining wall that turns the corner from Interstate 4 in the direction of the religious amusement park. This interchange and retaining wall are government property that the Florida Department of Transportation maintains, … More »

Superintendent pulls back on Twitter (February 2, 2016)

2/2/2016 · The superintendent of Dalton Local Schools in Ohio will no longer post religious messages on his official school Twitter feed, after FFRF Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne wrote the school district's attorney a letter on Jan. 25, 2016. The tweets called for prayer, encouraged belief … More »

No religion for Adopt-a-Cops (February 2, 2016)

2/2/2016 · The Johnson City Police Department in Tennessee is taking steps to ensure it is abiding by the Constitution regarding its "Adopt-a-Cop" program. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent a letter on Dec. 8 objecting to the program, in which community members "adopt" a police officer, … More »

Thou shalt not post the Ten Commandments (February 1, 2016)

2/1/2016 · Officials in Itawamba County, Miss., removed a courthouse display of the Ten Commandments in response to a recent letter from FFRF. "The Ten Commandments display violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution," FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott stated in the Jan. 27 letter. "The religious … More »

Coach won’t organize prayers (February 1, 2016)

2/1/2016 · A Michigan public school softball coach will no longer lead team members in prayer. In May 2015, FFRF sent a letter to North Branch Area Schools Superintendent Thomas English alerting him that high school softball coach Willie Deshetsky was leading his team members in prayer. … More »

Bible distribution ends in Texas (February 1, 2016)

2/1/2016 · And at West Orange-Stark Elementary School in Orange, Texas, FFRF got involved when it had heard from parents that bibles were being handed out to students. "There is no excuse or justification for this practice. It is unnecessary, offensive and illegal," FFRF Staff Attorney Sam … More »

Seniors spared from prayers (January 29, 2016)

1/29/2016 · Seniors at the Easton Area Lifestyle Campus in Easton, Pa., will no longer be subjected to prayers by center staff. Previously, staff recited prayers, asked people to join in an "amen" chorus accompanied by piano, and sung Christian hymns. "Federal regulations prohibit senior centers receiving … More »

Kentucky coach to stop prayers (January 28, 2016)

1/28/2016 · FFRF recently got a Kentucky school district to stop a public high school football coach from leading his team in prayer. Last September, FFRF had sent a letter to the Bowling Green City Schools asking that Coach Kevin Wallace cease from having his team worship … More »

FFRF ensures Michigan festival’s secularity (January 27, 2016)

1/27/2016 · In response to an FFRF complaint, North Township, Mich., will be careful to avoid all religion in future events it sponsors with religious entities. On Sept. 11, 2015, the Northfield Township Police Department sent an e-mail to local residents promoting a Kids' Day event. A … More »

Gideons distribution stopped by FFRF (January 27, 2016)

1/27/2016 · FFRF has ensured that Gideons will not be allowed to distribute bibles to West Side Elementary School students in Woodbury, Tenn. In response to a parent’s complaint that a teacher invited the Gideons to distribute bibles and speak to students about the book, FFRF Staff … More »

Sheriff’s Office drops ‘death book’ sponsorship (January 26, 2016)

1/26/2016 · The Lee County Sheriff's Office in Alabama will no longer be part of the sponsors page of a Christian memorial book titled "Lift Up Thine Eyes," thanks to FFRF. The book, which a funeral home provides for the grieving, features colored illustrations of iconic bible … More »

Meals on Wheels tells proselytizer to stop (January 26, 2016)

1/26/2016 · FFRF was able to stop an employee of Meals on Wheels from proselytizing, which then prompted a permanent policy of non-proselytization for California's Contra Costa County division of the group. FFRF Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne wrote to the organization's CEO on Jan. 19 to report … More »

FFRF stops distribution of bibles by Gideons (January 22, 2016)

1/22/2016 · After FFRF complained, Wichita Public Schools is taking steps to ensure no further inappropriate bible distributions will happen on its grounds. On Nov. 1, 2015, several members of the Gideons, a Christian men's group, handed out bibles to East High School students as they got … More »

Bible readings, posters removed from school (January 13, 2016)

1/13/2016 · After FFRF stepped in, Alabama's Blount County Schools has stopped having students read a bible verse over the PA each morning. "A daily bible reading, even by a student, violates the Constitution," said FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel in his Jan. 7 letter to the … More »

FFRF stops proselytizing display (January 13, 2016)

1/13/2016 · FFRF has gotten the Ten Commandments and other religious displays removed from the walls of Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Ark. In addition to the decalogue, pictures with bible quotes lined classrooms and hallways. "Courts have continually held that school districts may not display religious … More »

FFRF teaches school a history lesson (January 12, 2016)

1/12/2016 · Sunset Elementary School in Anadarko, Okla., has taken down a framed picture titled "The First Prayer in Congress" from the school office after receiving a letter from FFRF. The portrait showed members of the Continental Congress with heads bowed in prayer during a September … More »

FFRF halts prayers by coach in Minnesota (January 11, 2016)

1/11/2016 · The Albany High School football team in Minnesota will no longer be subjected to prayers led by their coaches, following a complaint lodged by FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott. Elliott wrote to Albany Area Schools on Dec. 21, 2015. Citing a litany of cases, Elliott … More »

FFRF sues Morris County, N.J., over grants to churches

1/8/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and member David Steketee filed a lawsuit Dec. 1, 2015, in New Jersey state court against Morris County and county officials, challenging public grants of tax dollars to repair or maintain churches. FFRF with Steketee, a taxpayer in Morris … More »

Church withdraws request for public funds (December 24, 2015)

12/24/2015 · After FFRF objected to a Vermont board's proposal to give a grant to a church, the church has rescinded its request. The Waitsfield Select Board had voted to place an item on the Town Meeting ballot in March 2016 to give $1,500 to the … More »

FFRF brings equality to prison website (December 20, 2015)

12/20/2015 · In Pennsylvania, the York County prison system's website featured a direct link to the website of Good News Jail & Prison Ministry, a Christian organization, despite the fact that several other organizations operate in the prison. However, the county stopped promoting the group on … More »

Evangelists removed from high school (December 18, 2015)

12/18/2015 · After FFRF sent a complaint, Barnum Public Schools in Minnesota will no longer allow evangelists access to students at school. Adults affiliated with the evangelical Christian group Campus Life had been permitted to come into the lunchroom weekly to recruit students to come to church … More »

Police station won’t display nativity again (December 17, 2015)

12/17/2015 · Next holiday season, the city of Belle Plaine, Minn., will not allow a longstanding nativity scene on public land as it previously had. A local church will display it instead. Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott and Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne sent the city a letter of … More »

FFRF quashes Texas teacher’s prayers (December 17, 2015)

12/17/2015 · Teacher-led prayers are no longer part of the lunch hour at Alpha Charter School in Garland, Texas, thanks to action taken by the FFRF. A parent reported their child's second-grade teacher to FFRF for leading her students in prayer every day before lunch. The school … More »

Religious club no longer teacher-led (December 17, 2015)

12/17/2015 · The Appleton Area School District in Wisconsin is taking steps to ensure that a Christian club is truly student-run. FFRF learned that Appleton East High School circulated a flyer for a religious student club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, but listed a teacher's school email … More »

Good News Club gets bad news from FFRF (December 15, 2016)

12/15/2015 · Good News Club meetings will no longer take place during the school day in the Lincoln County School District in Newport, Ore., after FFRF got involved in December 2015. The Good News Club, an evangelical Christian children's ministry, was previously allowed to meet at several … More »

Idaho nativity replaced with secular display (December 14, 2015)

12/14/2015 · A painted nativity display was removed and replaced with a secular display in the window of the Rupert Post Office in Idaho after FFRF lodged a complaint. Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler protested the display, which also included the words "Christmas begins with Christ," in a … More »

Michigan post office removes religious poster (December 3, 2015)

12/3/2015 · The Alden Post Office in Michigan has removed religious propaganda from the counter in the lobby following a complaint from FFRF. Proselytizing materials subtitled "Evidence for God's Existence and Identity" had been regularly available in the lobby. Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler wrote to Postmaster Lynnette … More »

Second set of religious displays removed (December 2, 2015)

12/2/2015 · After persuading the Frisco Independent School District in Texas to remove a sign reading "Pray more, worry less" from the Roach Middle School front office in September, FFRF has prompted the district to remove further unconstitutional religious displays from district property. Staff Attorney Sam Grover … More »

Prayers ended at faculty meetings (December 2, 2015)

12/2/2015 · After years of prayers "in Jesus' name" at Missouri's Montgomery County R-II School District faculty meetings, FFRF has ensured that future meetings will be secular. Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott called the prayers "unnecessary and divisive," pointing out that they alienate non-Christian and nonbelieving employees. "Their … More »

County clerk removes religious poster (December 1, 2015)

12/1/2015 · A Colorado county clerk has removed an overtly religious poster from the office where citizens, including same-sex couples, get their marriage licenses, following a complaint by FFRF. The poster was removed the day after FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel asked Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder … More »

No more religion in Kansas publications (December 1, 2015)

12/1/2015 · After receiving a letter from FFRF, Unified School District #436 in Caney Valley, Kan., will ensure that religious material is no longer printed in its yearbooks or newspapers. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote a letter of complaint after a student forwarded a picture of the … More »

FFRF removes religion from post offices (November 30, 2015)

11/30/2015 · The Carver, Mass., post office has removed a religious poster from its bulletin board after FFRF pointed out the sign's illegality. The poster was titled "The Pledges," and in addition to the Pledge of Allegiance, printed a "Pledge to the Bible" and a "Pledge to … More »

Future veteran’s events to exclude prayer (November 30, 2015)

11/30/2015 · Coleman High School in Coleman, Wis., will not include prayers in future Memorial Day and Veterans Day assemblies after FFRF sent a letter to the superintendent. Ceremonies for the last two years at least have reportedly included religious prayers and videos. "We ask that you … More »

FFRF stops concert’s religious script (November 24, 2015)

11/24/2015 · Missouri's Iberia Elementary School previously planned on including a recitation of the "biblical meaning" of verses in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" at its Christmas program. However, after receiving a letter from Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott, the school changed the script prior to the … More »

Ohio district ends ties with fundraiser (November 24, 2015)

11/24/2015 · New Lebanon Local Schools in Ohio will no longer fundraise for the Samaritan's Purse, a religious organization headed by Franklin Graham. FFRF learned that Dixie Elementary School in New Lebanon has asked its students to participate in a donation drive for "Operation Christmas Child," a … More »

Senior center stops mealtime prayers (November 24, 2015)

11/24/2015 · Thanks to a series of letters from FFRF, tax-funded senior centers in Maryland have been reminded of their duties to not require prayer for the seniors in their care. Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel sent letters to three Maryland senior centers about reports of unconstitutional prayers … More »

FFRF halts Ohio band competition prayer (November 24, 2015)

11/24/2015 · After a complaint by FFRF, Louisville High School in Ohio will no longer include invocations at its annual marching band competition. The 2015 event reportedly began with a minister leading attendees from seven different Ohio public schools in prayer. Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert wrote … More »

Reciting prayers halted at school (November 20, 2015)

11/20/2015 · Pursuant to a Freedom From Religion Foundation complaint, Decatur City Schools in Alabama will ensure that students are not required to recite prayers in the future. During a grandparents' day event on Sept. 11 at Walter Jackson Elementary, a kindergarten teacher led students in the … More »

FFRF stops Louisiana school’s prayer (November 19, 2015)

11/19/2015 · Students at Mansfield High School in Mansfield, La., are no longer being subjected to prayer each day at mandatory morning assemblies. FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote to the Desoto Parish School System in August 2015 objecting to the school's practice of selecting a student … More »

FFRF stops bible distributions to nursing graduates (November 18, 2015)

11/18/2015 · Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction will no longer distribute bibles to nursing school graduates as part of their "pinning" ceremony after the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers sent complaint letters. FFRF learned of the Gideon bible distribution … More »

Alabama district updates prayer policy (November 17, 2015)

11/17/2015 · Dallas County Schools in Selma, Ala., took action to end prayers over the loudspeaker before football games after hearing from FFRF. FFRF sent the district a letter on Sept. 30. "The Supreme Court has specifically struck down invocations given over the loudspeaker at public school … More »

Texas principal won’t attend prayer event (October 14, 2015)

11/14/2015 · Prosper (Texas) High School Principal Greg Wright will no longer participate in See You At The Pole, an annual Christian student prayer event, after hearing about the issue from FFRF. Wright's involvement in a religious student club is also ending, and a cross and … More »

Kansas school district ends bible distribution (November 13, 2015)

11/13/2015 · Geary County Schools in Kansas will no longer allow Gideons to distribute bibles following an FFRF complaint. FFRF first dealt with this issue in 2012, but it resurfaced this year. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott sent a request for records on distribution policies on … More »

Reciting prayers halted at New York school (November 10, 2015)

11/10/2015 · The Greece (N.Y.) Central School District Board voted 5-4 against a proposal Nov. 10 to consolidate polling sites from 11 elementary schools to two churches and a fire station. The proposed church sites were at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Parish and Hope Lutheran … More »

Standing for pledge no longer required (November 9, 2015)

11/9/2015 · Teachers within Plaquemines Parish Schools in Louisiana will no longer force students to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance after FFRF wrote two complaints on behalf of a Belle Chasse High School student. Previously, students who refused to stand had been informed they were required … More »

Illinois school board to end meeting prayers (November 9, 2015)

11/9/2015 · The Windsor Board of Education in Illinois will no longer pray at its meetings after getting a complaint from FFRF. Local clergy typically led the Christian prayers."It is beyond the scope of a public school board to schedule or conduct prayer as part of … More »

No more mealtime prayer at senior center (October 29, 2015)

10/29/2015 · Seniors at the city of Chandler Senior Center in Chandler, Ariz., will no longer be subjected to prayers at meals after FFRF got involved. A senior center employee had led the prayers in the past, and later started selecting a member of the audience … More »

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

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

School prayer stopped in Alabama school again (October 26, 2015)

10/26/2015 · A third Prattville Primary School teacher has been stopped from praying with students after FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover ensured that two praying teachers at the school were educated on the Constitution in February. FFRF’s local complainant reported in September that a third teacher … More »

Gideons no longer allowed in district (October 21, 2015)

10/21/2015 · The McConnellsburg, Pa., school district has banned the Gideons from repeating the unconstitutional distributions of bibles in the future after FFRF alerted the Central Fulton School District of the illegal act. Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote a letter on Oct. 15 objecting to Gideons roaming … More »

FFRF Legals sweep Bible Belters (October 20, 2015)

10/20/2015 · Northern Illinois University in DeKalb promptly removed all Gideon bibles from the Holmes Student Center Hotel after getting an Oct. 20 complaint letter from FFRF Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne, who wrote, "Certainly, if guests want to read this religious text during their stay, they … More »

Religious sign removed from class (October 19, 2015)

10/19/2015 · After receiving a letter from FFRF, a teacher at Indian Springs Elementary in Blountville, Tenn., has removed a sign from her classroom that read, "I can do all things through God who strengthens me." The Sullivan County Schools District "violates the Constitution when it allows … More »

Students spared more bible distributions (October 19, 2015)

10/19/2015 · The Bienville Parish Schools in Arcadia, La., will ensure that schools do not allow Gideons to distribute bibles to students after FFRF alerted the district to the constitutional violation. Members of the evangelical Gideons group passed out bibles to Crawford Elementary School students on … More »

FFRF secularizes school’s pep rallies (October 16, 2015)

10/16/2015 · On Aug. 26, 2015, Little Elm High School in Texas began a pep rally with a prayer from the pastor of a local church, but it won't happen again after FFRF got involved.An Aug. 27 letter from Staff Attorney Sam Grover reminded the Little … More »

Coordinated signups for religious club ended (October 12, 2015)

10/12/2015 · Audubon Park Elementary School in Florida will no longer coordinate signups for the Good News Club, an evangelical Christian children’s group, after FFRF filed complaints with the Orange County Public Schools, one of the largest school districts in the country. FFRF has lodged many complaints … More »

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

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

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

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

FFRF ends longtime grotto violations (October 1, 2015)

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

Alabama primary school will no longer lead students in prayer (October 1, 2015)

10/1/2015 · A kindergarten teacher at Arab Primary School in Arab, Ala., will no longer lead students in prayer after FFRF sent the superintendent a letter of complaint. The teacher lined up the students before lunch and made them recite, "God is great, God is good, let … More »

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

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

Religious messages removed from school (September 29, 2015)

9/29/2015 · Bible verses posted by school officials have been removed from Germantown High School in Madison, Miss., following an FFRF complaint. A note reading "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Colossians 3:23" and … More »

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

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

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

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

School steered toward religious neutrality (September 24, 2015)

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

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

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

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

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

Religious posters removed from classroom (September 21, 2015)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FFRF complaint removes Jesus painting (September 8, 2015)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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