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Christian music will no longer be played in Colorado (???)

5/6/2019 · Christian music will no longer be played in a public recreation center in Denver after objection from FFRF. A concerned Athmar Recreation Center patron reported that the recreation center frequently played Christian music over the facility’s PA system. The complainant reported that multiple patrons have … More »

FFRF sues Congress for invocation discrimination (2019)

5/5/2019 · On the 2016 National Day of Prayer, May 5, the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit against Congress for refusing to allow Co-President Dan Barker to deliver the House of Representatives invocation as a guest chaplain. As noted in Barker’s complaint, he is not asking … More »

Godly broadcast removed from Pennsylvania school district (April 17, 2019)

4/17/2019 · A Pennsylvania school district has removed a godly broadcast tagged on to the Pledge of Allegiance after hearing from FFRF. A concerned Springfield School District parent informed FFRF that Sabold Elementary School had been proclaiming “God Bless America” over the loudspeaker following the Pledge of … More »

Baccalaureate removed in Georgia (April 11, 2019)

4/11/2019 · A concerned Henry County (Ga.) Schools employee reported that Union Grove High School organizes, endorses and advertises a baccalaureate for its seniors each year. Faculty members reportedly often speak at the event and met with students during the school day to organize it. The … More »

Ohio school will hold future events at secular locations (April 11, 2019)

4/11/2019 · Dalton Local Schools has been instructed by its attorneys to hold future events at secular locations, thanks to FFRF. A local resident reported that the Dalton High School Choralation group performed at Cornerstone Community Church and previously performed at the Dalton United Methodist Church during … More »

Religious club will no longer be promoted by a teacher (April 5, 2019)

4/5/2019 · FFRF resolved multiple constitutional violations in Jefferson County Schools after a district community member alerted FFRF to ongoing violations in the district. The complainant reported that Clay-Chalkville High School promoted a “See You at the Pole” event to its students. The school reportedly included a … More »

Missouri coaches cease praying with students (April 1, 2019)

4/1/2019 · Wrestling coaches in Jackson County R-II School District have been instructed to cease praying with students, after receiving a letter from FFRF. A concerned citizen contacted FFRF to report that Jackson Senior High School wrestling coaches regularly pray with their team. Photos shared on the … More »

Gideons will no longer be allowed in Kentucky classroom (March 25, 2019)

3/25/2019 · The Webster County School District in Dixon, Ky., has instructed school administrators to contact the school board and discuss any requests regarding religious materials following a visit by the Gideons to the district. A Clay Elementary School parent reported that on Nov. 28, the school … More »

Latin cross has been removed from New Mexico county building (March 25, 2019)

3/25/2019 · Following a complaint by FFRF, a Latin cross has been removed from a county building in Carlsbad, N.M. A local resident reported that a cross was displayed prominently in the Eddy County Clerk Office, a location that was used for early voting in October of … More »

Religion taken off health curriculum in Arkansas (March 22, 2019)

3/22/2019 · The Arkansas Department of Education has followed a recommendation from FFRF in ensuring the removal of religious promotion from its online health curriculum. FFRF wrote a letter of complaint to the district expressing the concerns of a parent of an Arkansas public high school student … More »

Mississippi school district removes religious displays (March 22, 2019)

3/22/2019 · A Mississippi school district has removed unconstitutional religious iconography from its schools, following a recommendation from FFRF. A Lee County Schools community member reported to FFRF multiple displays promoting religion in areas of Saltillo Elementary School frequented by students and community members on school business. … More »

Georgia high school coach will no longer pray with team (March 19, 2019)

3/19/2019 · At Peach County Schools in Georgia, administrators have pledged to educate coaches on expectations regarding First Amendment requirements, thanks to a letter from FFRF. A local resident reported that the Peach County High School football coach had been praying with his team. FFRF Legal Fellow … More »

School halts school-sponsored religious endorsement (March 14, 2019)

3/14/2019 · Loudspeaker prayer will not continue in United Local Schools after FFRF alerted the district to the unconstitutionality of such school-sponsored religious endorsement. A concerned parent reported that a prayer was broadcast over the loudspeaker prior to a United High School basketball game. The complainant reports … More »

School will not force students to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance (March 11, 2019)

3/11/2019 · A parent contacted FFRF to report that an elementary school principal in Alton was forcing a young student to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance. Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne contacted the district superintendent and received assurances that the student would be allowed to sit … More »

Duplin County has addressed concerns over constitutional violation (March 8, 2019)

3/8/2019 · The Duplin County School District has taken action to address concerns over constitutional violations in its district after FFRF received reports that the Wallace-Rose High School football coach led his team in prayer during team activities. FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott wrote to Superintendent Austin … More »

Arkansas school will not be exposed to religious promotion (March 8, 2019)

3/8/2019 · Student athletes in Panama City Schools will not be exposed to religious promotion during official school events, following intervention from FFRF. The Panama High School football team reportedly attended a football “team” camp at Hackett High School in Arkansas. At the camp, the players were … More »

Scheduled prayer ends in Georgia (March 7, 2019)

3/7/2019 · Scheduled prayer has ceased at Lowndes County (Ga.) School Board meetings after persistent pressure from FFRF. A concerned Lowndes County Schools parents first reported more than a year ago that the Lowndes County Board of Education begins all of its meetings with a scheduled prayer. … More »

Cobb County police department will avoid constitutional violations (March 7, 2019)

3/7/2019 · The name of a Cobb County Police Department-sponsored public event series has changed from “Faith Forums” to “Community Forums” after pressure from FFRF. Multiple community members in Marietta, Ga., informed FFRF that CCPD was sponsoring “Faith Forums,” which apparently function as community forums intended to … More »

Teacher-led religious club disbanded in a Texas (March 5, 2019)

3/5/2019 · An unconstitutional, teacher-led religious club was disbanded in a Texas district following FFRF’s persistent interference. A local community member reported that a teacher at C.C. Hardy Elementary School had been organizing, promoting and leading “Kats for Christ,” an explicitly Christian club, at the school. In addition … More »

FFRF stops New Jersey grants to repair churches

3/5/2019 · 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 »

Hamilton County School in Tennessee will remain neutral on religion (February 27, 2019)

2/27/2019 · Staff members at Soddy Daisy High School in Hamilton County will be reminded of their obligation to remain neutral on religious matters after FFRF brought a serious violation to the administration’s attention. A district parent reported that a school staff member has been praying with … More »

Huntsville school updates discriminatory dress code (February 26, 2019)

2/26/2019 · Bob Jones High School in Huntsville will update its dress code to remove a discriminatory rule regarding religion in next year’s policy. A concerned local resident reported that the current student dress code prohibits students from wearing “T-shirts, clothing, or other personal items bearing a … More »

Hardin County police offer removes cross pin from uniform (February 25, 2019)

2/25/2019 · A Hardin County officer has removed a cross pin from his uniform after FFRF brought the issue to the attention of the sheriff’s office. A concerned Hardin County resident reported that a deputy in the sheriff’s office wears a religious pin on his official uniform; … More »

Georgia school will no longer religiously pressure football team (February 21, 2019)

2/21/2019 · A Georgia school district will not continue religiously pressuring its high school football team after FFRF interceded. FFRF had contacted Toombs County Schools in October after a resident informed it that coaches and an outside pastor were praying with the high school football team and … More »

School has affirmed its commitment to protecting its students rights (February 21, 2019)

2/21/2019 · The Benton County School District has affirmed its commitment to protecting its students’ First Amendment rights, thanks to FFRF. A local parent reported that teachers at Hickory Flat Attendance Center instructed students to read from the bible and to complete religious assignments as part of … More »

Meigs County school discontinues religious programs (February 21, 2019)

2/21/2019 · A Meigs County school has assured FFRF that unconstitutional religious programs will not continue after a complaint that its former coach was promoting religion to players. FFRF wrote to Meigs Local School Superintendent Scot Gheen after a concerned parent reported that the high school football … More »

Manchester hospital has opted for a more inclusive table display (February 20, 2019)

2/20/2019 · A New Hampshire VA hospital has opted for a more inclusive “missing man” table display after FFRF intervened. A concerned veteran and patient of the Manchester VA Medical Center contacted FFRF to report that the center’s “missing man” table display honoring POW/MIA soldiers included a … More »

Georgia school will no longer hold chorus concert at a church (February 14, 2019)

2/14/2019 · Future events in the Dalton Public Schools will be relocated from a nearby church after a district parent reported their child was forced to perform at the nearby First Baptist Church of Dalton. Brookwood Elementary School held a chorus concert at the church, where students … More »

School will no longer be subjected to religious promotion in school (February 13, 2019)

2/13/2019 · Decatur Public Schools students will no longer be subjected to religious promotion in school after a district parent reported a concerning partnership between E.J. Muffley Elementary School and Calvary Baptist Church. The parent reported numerous instances where, during the school day, Muffley Elementary teachers … More »

Stapleton (NE) stops Todd Becker Foundation's event (February 6, 2019)

2/6/2019 · Promotions for a religious Todd Becker Foundation event have been removed from Stapleton Public Schools’ website. Stapleton Public Schools had been promoting and endorsing a religious worship event being put on by the Todd Becker Foundation at North Platte High School. FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line … More »

Denton (TX) will remain neutral on religion (February 5, 2019)

2/5/2019 · Religious rituals will not be included in district-sponsored meetings in the Denton Independent School District anymore. A district employee contacted FFRF to report that the district invited a religious leader from Morse Street Baptist Church to give a Christian prayer at the staff Christmas party … More »

Johnston County (NC) removes religious email signature (January 31, 2019)

1/31/2019 · A teacher in the Johnston County School District has removed a religious email signature from his school account. A parent in the district reported that a teacher at South Jackson High School was sending emails from his school email account with religious messages included in … More »

California school's camp will be held at a secular location (January 31, 2019)

1/31/2019 · Rocklin Academy Charter School will move an annual field trip from a Christian camp retreat to a secular location in the future. A concerned parent reported that Rocklin Academy Gateway takes an annual field trip to Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds (ARCG), an evangelical retreat. ARCG’s … More »

Wichita public school marquee won't advertise after-school bible club (January 31, 2019)

1/31/2019 · A public marquee in Wichita Public Schools will no longer advertise an after-school bible club. FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line wrote to Unified School District No. 259’s general counsel, alerting the school to the unconstitutionality of using a school-owned marquee to advertise religious clubs. The school … More »

Effingham Illinois school will not promote creationism event in the schools (January 28, 2019)

1/28/2019 · FFRF has extracted a pledge from an Illinois school district to curb creationism-promoting events in its schools. A concerned district parent contacted FFRF after discovering that a fourth-grade math assignment at Central Grade School in Effingham included unconstitutional overt religious instruction. The assignment consisted of counting … More »

Columbia Missouri employee reminded of constitutional obligation (January 25, 2019)

1/25/2019 · A Columbia Public Schools employee has been reminded of his obligation to refrain from leading or participating in religious clubs at school. A concerned district community member reported that a teacher and basketball coach at Gentry Middle School had been actively leading a Fellowship of … More »

Rowan County (KY) reminds school district employees of constitutional obligations (January 22, 2019)

1/22/2019 · FFRF addressed two separate instances of coach-sponsored prayer in Rowan County Schools, prompting the district to remind district employees of their constitutional obligations. First, a concerned parent of a Rowan County Senior High School band member contacted FFRF to report that the band was subjected … More »

Tuba City School District in Arizona will not longer have prayer at graduation (January 18, 2019)

1/18/2019 · Tuba City Unified School District #15 will no longer allow prayer at its graduation ceremonies. FFRF was informed that Tuba City Junior High School’s 2018 graduation ceremony included an opening prayer led by a student. FFRF Associate Counsel Elizabeth Cavell wrote to Superintendent Sharlene Navaho, … More »

Wisconsin school will not lease space to church (January 17, 2019)

1/17/2019 · FFRF wrote to the school board president in the Tomorrow River School District to urge the school not to lease space in St. James and St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church in Amherst for classes as it was considering doing. After reviewing records related to … More »

Nazareth (PA) takes down cross from public property (January 16, 2019)

1/16/2019 · FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert sent a letter to the borough administrator of Nazareth after a local resident contacted FFRF to report a cross that was displayed on what the complainant understood to be public property. The display has a silhouette of a soldier … More »

Pike County Elementary School (KY) won't show religious movies (January 14, 2019)

1/14/2019 · A Christian adventure comedy called “The Star” will not be shown in Pike County Schools again. A Valley Elementary School parent reported to FFRF that a third-grade science teacher at the school showed a film called “The Star” in class. The movie apparently follows the … More »

Midwest City (OK) ensures school will remain neutral on religion (January 14, 2019)

1/14/2019 · The Mid-Del City school district is taking steps to ensure it is in compliance with its constitutional obligation to remain neutral on religion. A parent in the Mid-Del School District reported that Schwartz Elementary School held a Christmas concert last December that included religious worship … More »

Orem, Utah university won't center class assignment around a nativity scene (January 10, 2019)

1/10/2019 · Utah Valley University has reconsidered a continuing education class assignment that centered around creating a nativity scene. A local Orem resident reported that Utah Valley University’s continuing education program includes a woodcarving class where students will “complete and paint the beginning of a Nativity set: … More »

Bibb County School District in Georgia will no longer have prayer at meetings (January 9, 2019)

1/9/2019 · FFRF has ensured that Bibb County School District will no longer include prayer in district-sponsored meetings. A district employee reported that a mandatory employee meeting at Central High School last August began with a prayer that lasted between three and five minutes and invoked Jesus. … More »

Kentwood (MI) substitute teacher won't pray with students (January 9, 2019)

1/9/2019 · FFRF received an exemplary response from a school district in Kentwood after reporting a substitute teacher praying with students in Kentwood Public Schools. A concerned Southwood Elementary School parent contacted FFRF after a substitute teacher led third-grade students in prayer in the classroom. The complainant … More »

Quanah ISD halts prayer at graduations (January 8, 2019)

1/8/2019 · FFRF scored two victories for state/church separation in Quanah ISD. FFRF received records from the district which confirm that Quanah High School had a practice of scheduling prayers and religious remarks at its graduation ceremonies. Each graduation ceremony for the last three years has … More »

Texas school district will no longer allow the distribution of bibles in its schools (January 8, 2019)

1/8/2019 · A Texas school district will no longer allow the distribution of bibles in its schools after intervention from FFRF. A concerned parent of a district student reported that Van Middle School allowed a group of outside adults access to the campus to distribute New … More »

Filer School District in Idaho will not allow Gideons to distribute Bibles (January 8, 2019)

1/8/2019 · The infamous bible-distributing Gideons will not be allowed back in the Filer School District. FFRF received a complaint that Gideons International, an organization whose mission is to spread Christian doctrine, was allowed to distribute bibles to students at Filer Intermediate School in November. The school … More »

Jeromesville (OH) schools will no longer assign students religious projects (January 8, 2019)

1/8/2019 · A school district in Ohio will no longer assign students to complete religious Christmas projects, thanks to intervention from FFRF. A concerned parent in the Hillsdale Local School District in Jeromesville reported that Hillsdale Elementary School required its students to complete a religious craft assignment … More »

Davis (UT) school will no longer recite prayers at school events (January 7, 2019)

1/7/2019 · Corrective action has been taken to ensure that a Utah school district will no longer recite prayers at school events. A concerned citizen reported that North Layton Junior High School in Farmington held a Veterans Day Assembly that included a Christian prayer delivered by the … More »

Marlington Ohio school refrains from leading Youth 4 Christ club (January 7, 2019)

1/7/2019 · A teacher at Marlington High School has been instructed to refrain from leading Youth 4 Christ, a religious club at the school. While the teacher is listed as the “faculty advisor” for this club, the complainant reported that he also organizes and participates in … More »

Hamblen County (TN) schools refrain from prayers at Veteran's event (January 4, 2019)

1/4/2019 · The superintendent of Hamblen County Schools has instructed all teachers and administrators to refrain from unconstitutional religious endorsement after a religious prayer was delivered “in Jesus’ name” during an in-school Veteran’s Day event. FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line sent a letter, lauding the district for … More »

Hopkins County Schools in Kentucky halts proselytizing and prayer (January 4, 2019)

1/4/2019 · An employee in Hopkins County Schools reported that this year’s “Superintendent’s Day” was rife with religious proselytizing and prayer. “Superintendent’s Day” is a mandatory gathering for all district staff that is ostensibly for team-building and staff development. The complainant reported several events that were highly … More »

FFRF get church signs removed from school (January 2, 2019)

1/2/2019 · FFRF has ensured an end to a North Carolina school district’s unconstitutional advertising of weekly religious services at a local church. Southwest Elementary School in Durham, N.C., was allowing Keystone Church to place a large sign on the school’s lawn to advertise its Sunday worship … More »

Teachers refrain from joining religious event (December 28, 2018)

12/28/2018 · An Oklahoma public school has instructed staff on their obligation to refrain from participating in religious events. A concerned parent reported that Adams Elementary School was sponsoring a “See You at the Pole” event in September. A Facebook page for the event indicated that it … More »

No more religion in school’s holiday program (December 14, 2018)

12/14/2018 · A Michigan school district removed religious messaging from a holiday program, thanks to FFRF. It was reported to FFRF that Fairview Area Schools’ kindergarten, 2nd-, 4th- and 6th-grade students were scheduled to present “Christmas is Coming,” a holiday-themed concert that contains a number of Christian elements. … More »

Indiana coach will no longer pray with team (December 13, 2018)

12/13/2018 · An Indiana public high school will instruct its coaches to stop participating in student prayer after intervention by FFRF. A concerned South Gibson School Corporation community member reported that Gibson Southern High School personnel prayed with student athletes after a home game on Nov. 2. A … More »

Missouri city relocates cross (December 11, 2019)

12/11/2018 · FFRF has at last convinced a Missouri town to transfer a cross from public land. “Ozark officials said [Jan. 4] they will move a cross that is part of a holiday display in a city park,” the Springfield News-Leader reported. “The issue was raised when … More »

FFRF says away with the manger in N.Y. school (December 11, 2018)

12/11/2018 · A nativity scene was removed from a New York elementary school after FFRF intervened. A concerned parent of a Harvey C. Fenner Elementary School student in Falconer, N.Y., reported that the school had placed a nativity scene near its main entrance. A picture of the … More »

Colorado school backs out of ministry event (December 10, 2018)

12/10/2018 · FFRF commends a Colorado school district for cancelling its attendance at a sermonizing session that an evangelical group is a key part of. The Todd Becker Foundation, a Christian ministry, was scheduled to appear at a Burlington Middle School assembly on Nov. 28. FFRF sent … More »

Illinois city cancels five-day religious trip (December 6, 2019)

12/6/2018 · FFRF was able to get canceled an Illinois city-sponsored religious tour after receiving a report that the Parks and Recreation Department was hosting a five-day trip featuring visits to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum, scheduled for fall 2019. It is unconstitutional for a … More »

FFRF’s ‘pole’ position: No teachers allowed (December 6, 2018)

12/6/2018 · Teachers in a California school district have been instructed to stop promoting religious events to their students following a letter from FFRF Associate Counsel Elizabeth Cavell. A concerned parent contacted FFRF to report that a Cosumnes Oaks High School teacher encouraged students to participate in … More »

FFRF stops religious teaching at W.Va. school (December 1, 2018)

12/1/2018 · FFRF received multiple reports that Wood County School District in West Virginia has allowed teachers and outside adults to facilitate religious instruction during the school day in its elementary schools. Representatives from a local church reportedly created bible clubs at the school and recruited … More »

Religious favoritism taken off café’s menu (November 30, 2018)

11/30/2018 · A restaurant in Virginia has discontinued offering a religious discount after FFRF alerted the establishment that it was in violation of state and federal civil rights laws. Ms. Girlee’s Kitchen in Richmond was reportedly offering a 15-percent discount to patrons who presented a church bulletin … More »

Coaches, teachers won’t pray with team anymore (November 30, 2018)

11/30/2018 · A school district in Missouri has instructed coaches and teachers on their constitutional obligation to refrain from participating in student prayers. FFRF received a complaint that coaches and teachers in a Palmyra school district joined players in an on-field prayer at a football game held … More »

Religious exhibits moved from Ohio public space (November 28, 2018)

11/28/2018 · FFRF persuaded the city of Dover, Ohio, to transfer a nativity scene and a Ten Commandments monument from public to private property owned by Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. A concerned area resident reported to FFRF last holiday season that each year during this time, the … More »

No more religion at Wisconsin city’s events (November 28, 2018)

11/28/2018 · The city of Baraboo, Wis., affirmed its commitment to inclusion of nonreligious citizens after receiving a letter from FFRF. In November, a shocking photo of Baraboo High School students giving a Nazi salute was circulated by the media, receiving international condemnation. In response, the city … More »

FFRF sues over Wisconsin’s DOJ chaplaincy

11/27/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit on November 13, 2018, against Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, challenging a statewide police chaplaincy program. Schimel announced the chaplaincy program in mid-October 2018 while campaigning. The program became effective on Oct. 4, 2018, but had been in … More »

FFRF cleanseth Facebook of city manager’s posts (November 21, 2018)

11/21/2018 · A Florida city manager has ceased posting religious messages on the city’s social media following intervention from FFRF. A concerned Lynn Haven resident contacted FFRF to say that City Manager Michael White regularly posted proselytizing messages to the city’s official Facebook page. One post ended … More »

Religious promotion ends at Georgia school (November 20, 2018)

11/20/2018 · Religious promotion in a Georgia school will cease, thanks to a letter from FFRF. A local resident alerted FFRF to the fact that Providence Elementary School in Gainesville, Ga., was promoting on the school’s official Facebook page a church service and a “prayer walk” hosted … More »

Texas school grows a spine, ends book deal (November 15, 2018)

11/15/2018 · A Texas elementary school has severed a partnership with a religious group after hearing from FFRF. A concerned district community member reported that several teachers at Bridge City Elementary School had partnered with a religious group and allowed them to minister directly to students through … More »

Averse to the verse: School removes quote (November 13, 2018)

11/13/2018 · A bible verse was removed from a Veterans Day tribute wall in a Missouri public school after the school received an FFRF complaint. When a local resident contacted FFRF concerned that Seymour R-II School District was displaying a bible verse as part of a Veterans … More »

Texas coach counseled after FFRF intervenes (November 6, 2018)

11/6/2018 · After intervention from FFRF, a tennis coach at a Texas high school has been instructed to cease pressuring students to participate in religious activities. A local parent contacted FFRF after a tennis coach at Friendswood High School reportedly encouraged students to attend a prayer breakfast … More »

VA Medical Center in Florida removes cross (November 2, 2018)

11/2/2018 · Thanks to FFRF, a cross was removed from the lobby of a Florida VA Medical Center. A volunteer at the medical center reported that a large cross display was put up in October at the Malcolm (it’s spelled Malcom. The letter was incorrect) Randall VA … More »

Texas district addresses numerous violations (November 1, 2018)

11/1/2018 · A Texas school district has addressed multiple state/church violations after hearing from FFRF. A community member contacted FFRF to report that employees of Whitney Middle School in Plano have promoted multiple religious events to students this year. Teachers reportedly used the school’s public address system … More »

School board opts for invocation revocation (October 30, 2018)

10/30/2018 · A school district in California has ceased scheduling invocations before board meetings after receiving a letter of complaint from FFRF. FFRF Associate Counsel Liz Cavell initially sent a letter to the Ceres Unified School District Board of Trustees last October after a community member reported … More »

Cereal killer: City ends ties to prayer breakfast (October 27, 2018)

10/27/2018 · The city of Noblesville, Ind., has separated itself from a prayer breakfast after FFRF pointed out the unconstitutionality of a city-sponsored religious event. A concerned Noblesville citizen contacted FFRF to report that Mayor John Ditslear had, in his official capacity, sponsored, promoted and participated in … More »

Wisconsin VA distances itself from religion (October 25, 2018)

10/25/2018 · After getting a letter from FFRF, the Milwaukee VA Medical Center will take measures to ensure that no future events appear to be entangled with religious sponsorship. A Milwaukee resident contacted FFRF to report that the Medical Center co-sponsored and advertised a “Bike Blessing” event … More »

Loudspeaker prayers ended in West Virginia (October 25, 2018)

10/25/2018 · In August, FFRF contacted a West Virginia school district regarding a report that the high school in Logan County was broadcasting a Christian prayer over the loudspeaker prior to a football game. “The prayers at district football games are inappropriate and unconstitutional,” FFRF Patrick O’Reiley … More »

Ohio district stops loudspeaker prayers (October 24, 2018)

10/24/2018 · FFRF has brought an end to school-sponsored prayer over the loudspeaker prior to sporting events in an Ohio school district. After a local resident reported that Green High School in Franklin Furnace was broadcasting a prayer over the public address speaker before its football games, … More »

FFRF ends coach-led prayer in Alabama high school (October 16, 2018)

10/16/2018 · An Alabama high school football coach will cease the unconstitutional practice of leading his team in prayer prior to games after receiving a letter from FFRF. FFRF contacted the Autauga County Schools’ counsel in early October after it was reported that the Prattville High School … More »

Georgia school to cease coach-led prayer (October 15, 2018)

10/15/2018 · FFRF has received confirmation that coach-led prayer will not continue in a Georgia public school system. FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line sent a letter to the district in September, after a concerned area resident reported that Dawson County High School employed a “character coach” to … More »

FFRF files IRS challenge in D.C. court on behalf of Nonbelief Relief

10/12/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit on October 10, 2018, in D.C. district court challenging the preferential exemption of churches and related organizations from reporting the Form 990 annual information returns required of all other tax-exempt groups. Plaintiff is Nonbelief Relief. The defendant … More »

‘God bless’ sign taken down in New York (October 10, 2018)

10/10/2018 · A sign with the phrase “God Bless Our Veterans” has been removed from public property in New York, thanks to an FFRF letter. FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor sent a letter in July to Mayor Michael J. Newhard of Warwick, N.Y., after a local resident … More »

No more faculty praying at flagpole (October 9, 2018)

10/9/2018 · An Illinois public school superintendent initiated an investigation into FFRF’s complaint of teacher involvement in a rally around the pole event. A concerned FFRF member reported that a teacher at Carterville Junior High School posted a picture on social media of students and faculty praying … More »

Secular alternative replaces religious picture (October 5, 2018)

10/5/2018 · A religious profile picture has been substituted for a secular alternative on a Wisconsin police department’s official Facebook page after receiving an FFRF complaint letter. FFRF Associated Counsel Sam Grover sent a letter of complaint to Rusk County Sheriff Jeffery S. Wallace asking that the … More »

FFRF remedies constitutional violation in Maryland school (October 4, 2018)

10/4/2018 · A Christian sign has come down from an elementary school lunchroom in a Harford County, Md., school following a complaint from FFRF. A concerned parent contacted FFRF to report that Jarrettsville Elementary School displayed a portion of the Lord’s Prayer on a large plaque in … More »

Religious quote on sign taken down in Florida (October 3, 2018)

10/3/2018 · A religious message has been removed from an elementary school office in Panama City, Fla., after a complaint from FFRF. A concerned parent at Southport Elementary school informed FFRF of a religious quote prominently displayed in the school office. FFRF Associate Counsel Elizabeth Cavell wrote a … More »

Religious testimony at football camp is not OK (October 2, 2018)

10/2/2018 · Athletic coaches in an Oklahoma district will be advised not to involve their students with religious camps after an FFRF complaint. In June, a complainant reported that the Keys High School football team in Park Hill, Okla., attended a football “team” camp at Hackett High … More »

FFRF stops ‘Unstoppable Man’ in Indiana (October 2, 2018)

10/2/2018 · FFRF has stopped an Indiana school district from violating the U.S. Constitution in several ways. The superintendent of Cloverdale Community Schools has assured FFRF it will stop prayers at staff meetings and will not invite back an “inspirational” speaker who proselytized at a school … More »

Kansas school takes down bible verse (October 1, 2018)

10/1/2018 · FFRF Legal Fellow Christopher Line sent a letter to a school district in Kansas asking that they remove a bible verse from school property. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13,” the note read, affixed to a bulletin board in … More »

Religious speeches not part of graduation (October 1, 2018)

10/1/2018 · A Pennsylvania high school will take further measures to ensure religious speeches are no longer part of graduation ceremonies or other school-sponsored events, thanks to an FFRF letter of complaint. FFRF Staff Attorney Madeline Ziegler sent a letter to the district first in July, then … More »

School reminded it can’t allow Gideons in class (September 28, 2018)

9/28/2018 · FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line reminded a Tennessee school district of its prior resolution to not allow Gideons to distribute bibles in Tullahoma schools. A concerned parent reported that Gideons were allowed to distribute bibles in East Lincoln Elementary School. All three 5th-grade classes reportedly … More »

N.J. school removes event from Facebook (September 25, 2018)

9/25/2018 · A New Jersey school district has removed school endorsement of a religious event after an FFRF letter of complaint. In September, a complainant alerted FFRF to a post on the High Point Regional High School Facebook page in Sussex, N.J., promoting a national “Prayer at … More »

Cross to be removed from city property in Iowa (September 25, 2018)

9/25/2018 · A cross has come down from city property in Maxwell, Iowa, after FFRF brought it to the attention of city officials. FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert submitted an open-records request in August after a local resident reported a cross was on display in Maxwell City … More »

Georgia school won’t post prayer walk on Facebook (September 24, 2018)

9/24/2018 · Following a letter from FFRF, the McDuffie County School System in Georgia has taken action to ensure that a prayer walk will no longer be endorsed by the school. FFRF Patrick O’Reiley Legal Fellow Chris Line sent a letter to the school on July 19 … More »

Tennessee public utility won’t endorse religion (September 21, 2018)

9/21/2018 · A Tennessee public utility department will cease endorsing religion on its utility bills, after FFRF pointed out that doing so is in violation of the Establishment Clause. A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that the Russellville Whitesburg Utility District regularly printed bible quotes … More »

FFRF stops 3 violations in Tennessee schools (September 13, 2018)

9/13/2018 · The Cumberland County School District in Tennessee has remedied several state/church violations after receiving a letter from FFRF. FFRF wrote to the district’s legal representation warning them of three constitutional violations. First, FFRF’s complainant reported that Homestead Elementary School (HES) rents its facilities to a church … More »

Cross covered at Iowa VA hospital (September 11, 2018)

9/11/2018 · A religious display was removed from outside the Out Patient Mental Health Clinic building at the Central Iowa VA Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, following a letter from FFRF. FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert wrote to the director of the VA Central Iowa Health Care … More »

Posters taken down at Arkansas school (September 7, 2018)

9/7/2018 · Religious posters have come off the walls of a middle school classroom in Jonesboro, Ark., after FFRF sent a letter reminding the district of its constitutional obligation to refrain from endorsing a religion. A concerned parent reported that a Westside Middle School teacher had decorated … More »

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