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Alabama voters stop a required “So Help Me God” oath (April 7, 2021)

4/7/2021 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit on behalf of four Alabama citizens, challenging a mandatory voter registration oath that concluded, “so help me God.” Alabama was the only state to require voters to sign a religious oath in order to register to … More »

Poll site will no longer have religious images (March 10, 2021)

3/10/2021 · The city of Roanoke, Va., has taken action to address the placement of religious iconography at a polling location during the November 2020 election. FFRF was informed that during the election, a Roanoke polling place, Christ Lutheran Church, displayed a large portrait of Jesus above … More »

Religious tweet removed from school’s account (March 9, 2021)

3/9/2021 · In Missouri, a religious social media post has been removed from the Weaubleau High School Softball Team’s official page. The team’s official Twitter account posted Christian scripture that read, “With God there is no limit to what YOU can do. There is no obstacle you … More »

FFRF humbles Texas school district (February 26, 2021)

2/26/2021 · Humble Independent School District in Texas has conducted extensive First Amendment training with staff after complaints of a state/church violation from FFRF. An area resident alerted FFRF that a local religious group called Covenant on Campus Team was granted access to the classrooms in Park … More »

Chicago police won’t join in religious event (February 26, 2021)

2/26/2021 · The Chicago Police Department has acknowledged its obligation to remain neutral on religious matters. A local resident informed FFRF that three uniformed police officers on horseback attended the annual Feast of St. Francis Assisi pet blessing service. During the public outdoor service, Pastor Amity Carrubba … More »

Sheriff’s office removes religious Facebook post (February 25, 2021)

2/25/2021 · The Pacific County Sheriff’s Department in South Bend, Wash., has taken action to correct religious promotion on its social media page. Last fall, the sheriff’s office posted a Thanksgiving message on its official Facebook page, which included a photo of a Latin cross with the … More »

Religious sign removed from Texas polling place (February 22, 2021)

2/22/2021 · A religious sign has been taken down from a polling place in Wichita Falls, Texas. FFRF was informed that during early voting for the 2020 election, a County Commissioner building being used as a polling site displayed a sign that read “PRAY FOR PEACE … More »

FFRF gets N.C. city to nix deal with church (February 22, 2021)

2/22/2021 · The city of Asheville, N.C., has revoked a proposal to embark on a development deal with a local church. FFRF was alerted to a proposal under consideration by the Asheville City Council that would have established a partnership between the city and Haywood Street Congregation … More »

Religious signatures no longer part of emails (February 22, 2021)

2/22/2021 · An issue of religious promotion by a teacher and coach has been corrected in the Brighton 27J School District in Colorado. A district community member alerted FFRF that a biology teacher and coach at Brighton High School was sending emails from his official district account … More »

Football coach won’t proselytize in Montana (February 19, 2021)

2/19/2021 · In Montana, reports of ongoing proselytizing in the Great Falls Public Schools football program have been addressed by district leadership. FFRF was informed that the head coach of the Charles M. Russell High School football team had been promoting religion to his players and the … More »

Church ad taken down in Georgia school district (February 12, 2021)

2/12/2021 · A church advertisement has been removed from Cobb County School District property in Mariette, Ga. FFRF was informed that Kennesaw Elementary School, which rents out space on Sundays to HighPoint Church, was permanently displaying two canvas advertisements for the church on the school’s fence. FFRF Staff … More »

Sheriff’s religious post on Facebook removed (February 10, 2021)

2/10/2021 · The Elk County Sheriff’s Office has removed a problematic social media post promoting religion in Ridgway, Pa. A local resident alerted FFRF that Sheriff Todd Caltagarone posted what amounted to a sermon on Facebook, decrying measures aimed at curbing the pandemic, such as limits on … More »

Tenn. school district to reassess prayers (February 8, 2021)

2/8/2021 · A Tennessee district has addressed multiple incidents of school-endorsed prayer in Lexington. FFRF was informed that a student, with several staff members standing behind him with bowed head, led the audience in a Christian prayer at last year’s Henderson County School District graduation ceremony, which … More »

Coalition sues outgoing Trump admin for scrapping anti-discrimination protections

2/5/2021 ·   The Freedom from Religion Foundation along with a coalition of service and advocacy organizations have filed a lawsuit against eight federal agencies for undoing rules that protect those receiving social services from being discriminated against. Previously, federal rules had required faith-based organizations that provided critical, … More »

Michigan coach won’t lead pregame prayers (February 2, 2021)

2/2/2021 · Coach led prayer has been stopped in the Clinton Township, Mich., public school district. A district parent informed FFRF that a Wyandot Middle School basketball coach had been leading his students in prayer before basketball games. According to the parent, the coach would have the … More »

Michigan coach won’t pray with students (February 2, 2021)

2/2/2021 · A public school basketball coach in Michigan has been asked to stop praying with his team after FFRF contacted his school district. A district parent informed FFRF that a Wyandot Middle School basketball coach had been leading his students in prayer before basketball games. According … More »

School to end singing of ‘God Bless the USA’ (January 22, 2021)

1/22/2021 · A religious song will no longer be played in Simi Valley (Calif.) Unified School District. A concerned parent reported that Sycamore Elementary asks its students to sing a new “patriotic song of the month” each month following the Pledge of Allegiance. One month, the song … More »

South Carolina school removes framed prayer (January 22, 2021)

1/22/2021 · A religious display has been promptly removed from a South Carolina school following a complaint from FFRF. A Palmetto High School community member informed FFRF that a framed prayer was prominently displayed on a table in the school’s front office near the spot tardy students … More »

School ceases sending home Christmas items (January 22, 2021)

1/22/2021 · Anderson School District Two in Honea Path, S.C., has ceased sending home religious materials with students after intervention from FFRF. A Marshall Primary School parent alerted FFRF that their child was given religious Christmas materials by the school. The parents reported that when they went … More »

School religious display taken down in Oklahoma (January 19, 2021)

1/19/2021 · A religious display has been taken down from Achille Public School property in Achille, Okla. Multiple local residents alerted FFRF that in December, Achille Elementary School was displaying a nativity scene with the message, “Our world needs a stable influence.” FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line wrote … More »

Bible verse display taken down in Virginia (January 15, 2021)

1/15/2021 · A Virginia police department has agreed to strip a religious display from its office property. Multiple South Hill, Va., residents informed FFRF that the South Hills Police Department was prominently featuring a “thin blue line” flag on its side door. This flag was overlaid with … More »

Religious iconography removed from school (January 13, 2021)

1/13/2021 · Religious iconography has been removed from multiple spots in the International Leadership of Texas Grand Prairie School in Richardson, Texas. One sign, located in a counselor’s office frequented by students, stated “the Lord is good.” A second wall decoration, located in a third-grade classroom, read … More »

FFRF intervenes in Texas city’s ‘day of prayer’ (January 4, 2021)

1/4/2021 · The city of Wills Point, Texas, has addressed concerns about a religious proclamation made on behalf of local government. Multiple Wills Point residents informed FFRF that Mayor Mark Turner declared a “Day of Prayer and Fasting,” which was advertised on the official city Facebook page. … More »

School staff won’t join in religious event (December 22, 2020)

12/22/2020 · In Illinois, Roxana Community Unit School District #1 staff have been reminded they may not partake in religious observance during school events. A local community member informed FFRF that district personnel, including staff and school board members, attended and participated in a “See You at … More »

Mo. district nixes prayer from future graduations (December 22, 2020)

12/22/2020 · A staff prayer issue was resolved in Kirksville R-III School District. A district community member reported that during a Kirksville High School graduation ceremony, Superintendent Richard Webb included a prayer in his remarks to students. He said: “And today, which is the Sabbath Day, I pray … More »

Religious quote removed from Army signatures (December 18, 2020)

12/18/2020 · Employees of Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri have been instructed not to include religious messages in email signatures from their official Army accounts. A technical support specialist for Fort Leonard Wood had been including the bible verse “‘With GOD all things are possible’ Matthew 19:26” … More »

Prayer no longer part of fire academy graduation (December 17, 2020)

12/17/2020 · Kansas City Fire Department staff in Missouri will no longer schedule prayer as part of fire academy cadet graduation ceremonies. FFRF was made aware that the department scheduled invocations as part of its cadet graduation ceremonies and posted videos of these ceremonies on its official … More »

Boise State downgrades chaplaincy program (December 15, 2020)

12/15/2020 · One of Idaho’s most prominent educational institutions has listened to the Freedom From Religion Foundation regarding its unconstitutional football chaplaincy. The national state/church watchdog had written to Boise State University about the football program’s official chaplain, Mark Thornton. Thornton has arranged for post-game prayers on … More »

Daily school prayers stopped in La. school (December 14, 2020)

12/14/2020 · Morning prayers have been stopped in the Washington Parish School System in Louisiana. A local resident alerted FFRF that Franklinton High School’s student chaplain had been leading the school in prayer each morning before the Pledge of Allegiance. FFRF Legal Fellow Brendan Johnson sent a letter … More »

Jesus picture taken down at W.Va. school (December 11, 2020)

12/11/2020 · An impermissible religious display has been removed from Harrison County Schools property in West Virginia. A community member informed FFRF that a picture of Jesus was on display at Robert C. Byrd High School. FFRF Legal Fellow Brendan Johnson wrote to Superintendent Dora Stutler reminding the … More »

Religious displays taken down at public workplace (December 9, 2020)

12/9/2020 · Religious displays have been removed from government property in Macon County, N.C. A concerned employee in the Macon County Solid Waste Department reported that religious materials were on display in the workplace at Otto Center. These displays included the Ten Commandments, as well as various … More »

Texas school district gets social media lesson (December 8, 2020)

12/8/2020 · Pine Tree Independent School District in Texas will train teachers on appropriate usage of the district’s social media pages following its impermissible promotion of a religious event. A local resident reported that Pine Tree Elementary School used its official Facebook page to promote a “See … More »

School board prayers ended in Pelham, Ala. (November 18, 2020)

11/18/2020 · School board prayer in Pelham City Schools in Alabama has been stopped. A district community member reported that the Pelham City Schools Board of Education opened each of its meetings with prayer. FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line wrote to School Board President Rick Rhoades, informing … More »

Georgia coach will no longer lead team prayer (November 16, 2020)

11/16/2020 · Administration in the Fannin County School System in Blue Ridge, Ga., has committed to meeting with all district coaches to address First Amendment obligations. FFRF was informed that the Fannin High School football coach was regularly leading his team in prayer. FFRF Staff Attorney Chris … More »

FFRF ends constitutional violations in Kansas (November 6, 2020)

11/6/2020 · Pratt USD 382 in Kansas has remedied multiple constitutional violations in its district following a letter of complaint from FFRF. A concerned school staff member reported several concerning incidents of religious promotion at Liberty Middle School. The school’s vice principal had been using his position … More »

Kentucky football team ends religious promotion (November 6, 2020)

11/6/2020 · Lewis County Schools in Vanceburg, Ky., has addressed concerns regarding promotion of a biblical message by a district coach. FFRF was made aware that Lewis County High School had chosen an explicitly religious theme, directly from the bible, for its football theme this year. According … More »

Email signatures now standardized at college (November 5, 2020)

11/5/2020 · A religious message has been removed from a staff email signature at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. FFRF was informed that one staff member had a bible verse in the signature block for their official university email address. The signature included: “Faith does … More »

School church question now more charitable (October 26, 2020)

10/26/2020 · A homework question promoting religious donations has been removed from the curriculum in Paradise Valley Unified School District in Phoenix. A concerned district parent alerted FFRF that their student’s personal finance class included an assignment that asked students to evaluate certain personal finance choices and … More »

No more meeting prayers at Alabama school (October 19, 2020)

10/19/2020 · Employees of Shelby County School District in Columbiana, Ala., will no longer be subjected to prayer at staff meetings. A district employee informed FFRF that during a recent mandatory professional development meeting, one teacher began the meeting by delivering a prayer. The complainant reported that … More »

FFRF puts a stop to Missouri coach’s prayers (October 16, 2020)

10/16/2020 · A Missouri school district has ended its football coaching staff’s practice of praying with the student-athletes after FFRF got involved. Joey Ballard, head coach for Jasper High School’s boys football team, regularly led team prayer, a concerned parent of a player had informed FFRF. During … More »

Missouri coach won’t lead team in prayer (October 16, 2020)

10/16/2020 · In Missouri, a coach in the Jasper R-5 School District has been advised to cease proselytizing students. FFRF was informed that Jasper High School’s head football coach was regularly leading his team in prayer. During these prayers, student athletes knelt around the coach, with additional … More »

Texas district removes graduation prayer (October 14, 2020)

10/14/2020 · The Orangefield Independent School District in Texas has removed scheduled prayer from its graduation ceremony. A community member informed FFRF that the Orangefield High School graduation program included an invocation and benediction, during which students lead the audience in a prayer through the microphone on … More »

FFRF sues Texas judge again to end courtroom prayer practice

10/8/2020 · FFRF filed a lawsuit against Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack on May 29, 2019, due to his refusal to end the divisive practice of opening each of his court sessions with chaplain-led prayer. Despite numerous complaints regarding the practice, which is not commonly done … More »

No more ‘God Bless America’ at school (October 7, 2020)

10/7/2020 · A Capistrano Unified School District school in California has ceased playing a religious song after the Pledge of Allegiance. A district parent alerted FFRF that during distance learning at Reilly Elementary Schools, teachers were playing an audio recording of “God Bless America.” FFRF Staff Attorney … More »

Police won’t participate in prayer events in W.V. (October 7, 2020)

10/7/2020 · In West Virginia, Morgantown police officers will no longer participate in prayer events in uniform. A local Morgantown resident reported that a local police officer and pastor at New Life Ministries appeared in uniform and delivered a prayer at a National Day of Prayer event. … More »

U.S. Rep. Eshoo stops prayer requests (October 1, 2020)

10/1/2020 · U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo has stopped including prayer requests in constituent emails in Palo Alto, Calif. A constituent from California’s 18th congressional district reported that her office regularly sent out prayer requests. One communication said, “Let’s pray for each other, all the firefighters, and all … More »

District removes video with religious message (October 1, 2020)

10/1/2020 · A video containing religious messages has been removed by the Marion (Ark.) School District. A district parent reported that the district recently produced and distributed a video titled “Welcome Back, MSD Faculty and Staff” that included several prayers and a bible reading. The video begins … More »

North Carolina school district drops FCA (October 1, 2020)

10/1/2020 · In Kenansville, N.C., Duplin County Schools teachers and staff will be reminded of their obligation not to proselytize students. FFRF received reports that Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Area Director Ken Lovell had been repeatedly granted access to the district’s student-athletes, particularly the football team, … More »

FFRF gets county to take down Jesus sign (September 29, 2020)

9/29/2020 · In California, the San Bernardino County Clerk’s Office has addressed a complaint about an impermissible religious display on county property. A San Bernardino County citizen alerted FFRF that there is a sign stating “Jesus Christ is Lord of All” displayed in the customer service window … More »

Texas schools to follow the First Amendment (September 29, 2020)

9/29/2020 · Pasadena Independent School District in Texas will be considering its legal obligations with regard to student speeches at graduation ceremonies. A concerned citizen informed FFRF that the Pasadena Independent School District high schools have been including prayers at their graduation ceremonies. Video shows that multiple … More »

Graduation prayers end in Kentucky district (September 22, 2020)

9/22/2020 · A Kentucky school district will no longer subject graduation attendees to prayer. FFRF was informed that the July 2020 Pikeville High School graduation program included three student-led prayers. These prayers were explicitly Christian in nature, including language such as “Oh Heavenly Father,” “In your son’s … More »

Religious language taken off Facebook in S.C. (September 18, 2020)

9/18/2020 · The Myrtle Beach mayor’s office in South Carolina has agreed to avoid language that shows endorsement of a specific religion and make sure social media posts are free of such religious bias. A Horry County citizen alerted FFRF that Myrtle Beach’s Facebook page was periodically … More »

Religious displays removed in California (September 10, 2020)

9/10/2020 · Religious displays were removed from Eastside Union School District property in Lancaster, Calif., after a resident contacted FFRF. A community member alerted FFRF that there were religious displays in several locations throughout the district, including in classrooms, staff lounges and the district office. FFRF Legal Fellow … More »

FFRF stops religious signature on email (September 9, 2020)

9/9/2020 · A Seminole County Public Schools employee in Ovideo, Fla., will no longer be using a religious email signature. A district community member reported that an administrative secretary at Paul J. Hagerty High School was sending emails from her official district account with a religious message … More »

Religious message taken off school sign in W.V. (September 8, 2020)

9/8/2020 · A religious message has been removed from a Wayne County Schools (W.Va.) sign. A local resident reported that the electronic notice board outside of Buffalo Middle School had featured the message “God will carry us” for much of the summer. This message was accompanied by several … More »

School’s religious post removed from Facebook (September 2, 2020)

9/2/2020 · In Tennessee, a religious post has been removed from Alamo City School District’s social media page. FFRF was alerted that the district had posted a graphic on its official Facebook page encouraging students and parents to “Park & Pray Everyday.” The graphic read: “Driving past … More »

FFRF stops prayers at DNR employee meetings (August 31, 2020)

8/31/2020 · Future Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) employee meetings will not include an opening prayer. FFRF was informed that, earlier this year, several Wisconsin DNR employees were required to attend an awards ceremony sponsored by the department. During the event, official DNR chaplains led prayers … More »

Prayer locker removed from Texas school (August 21, 2020)

8/21/2020 · A “prayer locker” has been removed from Prairiland Junior High School property. A local resident alerted FFRF that the school had designated a locker to be used as a “prayer locker” for its students, marked with a Latin cross and a sign that reads: “Drop … More »

No more prayer at back-to-school meeting (August 18, 2020)

8/18/2020 · No proselytizing took place at Allen Parish Schools’ (Kinder, La.) back-to-school meeting after last year’s mandatory meeting subjected attendees to prayer. FFRF was informed that at last year’s mandatory teachers’ meeting at Kinder Middle School, a Catholic priest was allowed to speak to the group … More »

Prayers discontinued in Tennessee county (August 18, 2020)

8/18/2020 · Morgan County Schools has discontinued prayers at its school board meetings. A concerned local resident reported to FFRF that the Morgan County School Board had been opening its meetings with Christian prayer. FFRF Legal Fellow Brendan Johnson wrote to Board Chairman Wade Summers, requesting that the … More »

FFRF and HUSE stop school prayer in Puerto Rico (August 7, 2020)

8/7/2020 · The Freedom from Religion Foundation and Humanistas Seculares de Puerto Rico (HUSE) filed a lawsuit on February 27, 2020 against Puerto Rico’s Education Secretary and the principal at Luis M. Santiago School. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Humanist parent and mother … More »

Ohio school district will no longer begin meetings with prayer (August 6, 2020)

8/6/2020 · LaBrae Local School District meetings in Leavittsburg will no longer begin with prayer. A district community member alerted FFRF that the May 11 school board meeting opened with a Christian prayer. FFRF Legal Fellow Dante Harootunian wrote to School Board President Russell Sewell informing him … More »

Religious event removed from public school handouts in Illinois (August 6, 2020)

8/6/2020 · A religious event has been removed from a Community Unit School District #200 summer activity handout in Wheaton. A district parent informed FFRF that the district sent out a “Summer Choice Board” handout to parents via email which provided various summer activities for students to … More »

Church in Oregon will no longer advertise on public school property (August 3, 2020)

8/3/2020 · A local church will no longer advertise on Salem-Keizer Public Schools property. A local community member contacted FFRF to report that signs advertising Way of Life Fellowship’s Sunday service have been placed on the grounds of Battle Creek Elementary School. These signs had apparently been … More »

Nebraska Police Department addresses religious content on its social media (August 3, 2020)

8/3/2020 · The Ashland Police Department is doing an audit of its social media page to redress inappropriate religious content. It was reported that the department was regularly promoting Christianity on its official Facebook page. In March, the department posted an image that depicted fictionalized quotes from … More »

California public school teacher will no longer be promote the “Good News Club” (July 29, 2020)

7/29/2020 · A Long Beach Unified School District teacher will no longer be promoting the religious “Good News Club.” A teacher at Colin Powell Elementary School reportedly founded and was running a Good News Club for first- and second-grade students that met in her classroom. Other adults, … More »

Massachusetts town removes biblical display for kids after FFRF intervenes (July 29, 2020)

7/29/2020 · FFRF has persuaded a Massachusetts town into removing a religious display from a library playground. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that the Ashburnham Library playground featured a turning picture game describing the biblical tale of Noah and the Ark. Each section of … More »

New Mexico City pledges not to cross the line with religious endorsement (July 28, 2020)

7/28/2020 · The city of Truth or Consequences has pledged to more closely scrutinize any public recognition of churches after a recent anniversary proclamation crossed the line into religious endorsement. Earlier this year, the city proclaimed April 26 to be “First Baptist Church 100th Anniversary Celebration Day.” … More »

Several church/state issues addressed in Louisiana (July 28, 2020)

7/28/2020 · Rapides Parish Schools in Alexandria has addressed several church/state issues raised by FFRF. A concerned community member reported that Brame Middle School has begun each school year by inviting a local church to its faculty meetings to pray with and preach to teachers and staff. … More »

Coaches at public school in Michigan will no longer lead prayer (July 22, 2020)

7/22/2020 · Coaches in Muskegon Public Schools will no longer be leading their athletic teams in prayer. A district community member reported that the Muskegon High School’s head football coach was leading the team in prayer after games and practices. FFRF Legal Fellow Dante Harootunian wrote to Superintendent … More »

City of Monona, Wisconsin revokes tax exemption after FFRF protests (July 22, 2020)

7/22/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating a victory for taxpayers near its home. The city of Monona (adjacent to FFRF’s headquarters in Madison, Wis.) had incorrectly classified a nearly 10-acre property on Lake Monona as being exempt from property taxes. Even though the property … More »

Religious messages will no longer be sent to district families Iowa (July 15, 2020)

7/15/2020 · School officials in the Logan-Magnolia Community School District will no longer send out religious messages to district families. In April, the district sent a mass email to parents that endorsed Easter and religion. The email read, in part: “Easter is normally a time of rebirth … More »

School-sponsored prayer ended in Georgia (July 13, 2020)

7/13/2020 · Thomas County Schools events will no longer contain school-sponsored prayer. A Thomas County Central High School student alerted FFRF that the school’s 2020 graduation ceremony opened with a scheduled invocation. Everyone in attendance was instructed to rise for the prayer and it was delivered “in … More »

Religious flyers will no longer be sent home with students at Mississippi school (July 9, 2020)

7/9/2020 · Booneville School District has addressed concerns over an overtly religious flyer that was sent home with students before Christmas last year. A Booneville community member reported that Anderson Elementary School’s kindergarten teachers sent a letter home with students asking children and parents to “remember the … More »

Bus driver ceases playing proselytizing radio stations in North Carolina (July 7, 2020)

7/7/2020 · County bus drivers in Duplin County have ceased playing proselytizing radio stations on the public bus. A local resident informed FFRF that many of the drivers for the Duplin County Transportation Department had been playing Christian radio stations that included religious music as well as … More »

Council prayer replaced with moment of silence (June 30, 2020)

6/30/2020 · Prayer at Norfolk City Council meetings will be replaced with a moment of silence. A local religious leader representing Satanic Norfolk reportedly had their offer to give an invocation at a Norfolk City Council meeting rescinded after the city clerk learned the leader’s religious … More »

Good News Club gets bad news in North Carolina (June 12, 2020)

6/12/2020 · District officials in Henderson County Public schools will address a religious club run by teachers at Hendersonville Elementary School. A community member alerted FFRF that elementary school teachers were hosting a Good New Club, a self-proclaimed child evangelism fellowship whose mission is to “evangelize boys … More »

Minnesota district ends baccalaureate service (June 9, 2020)

6/9/2020 · Independent School District 728 will make certain that staff are no longer involved in planning, organizing, supervising or carrying out a baccalaureate service in their capacity as district employees. A district student reported that Rogers High School sponsored and promoted a baccalaureate ceremony that took … More »

National Day of Prayer ended in Florida town (June 8, 2020)

6/8/2020 · The town of Callahan, Fla. will no longer sponsor a National Day of Prayer. The town reportedly had been sponsoring and organizing a National Day of Prayer event annually. This year’s event was held virtually and posted on the city of Callahan’s official website. The … More »

Religious content to be removed from website (June 5, 2020)

6/5/2020 · Religious content will be removed from a video on the Hutto (Texas) Independent School District website. A local resident informed FFRF that the school posted a video of its Teacher of the Year award on its official Facebook account, which featured a district principal speaking … More »

Bible verse taken off Michigan police website (June 4, 2020)

6/4/2020 · A bible verse was removed from the DeWitt Township Police Department website. The department had been displaying a verse from the bible, John 15:13, on a page memorializing a fallen officer. The verse read, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down … More »

Oklahoma school takes down religious post (June 4, 2020)

6/4/2020 · A religious post has been removed from Hinton Public Schools’ official social media page. FFRF was informed that a Hinton High School coach recently posted a religious message on the football team’s official Facebook page. In this post, he explained that “in the Hinton Football … More »

Religious reference removed from email (June 3, 2020)

6/3/2020 · A staff member at the Protected Species Division of NOAA Fisheries, a federal wildlife conservation organization, has removed a religious reference from its email signature. FFRF was informed that a government employee in the division was including two bible verses in her email signature on … More »

Teacher to stop reading religious stories to class (June 2, 2020)

6/2/2020 · A teacher in Fairview Area Schools has been instructed to cease reading religious stories to her class. A district parent informed FFRF that an elementary school music teacher read her class a story in which a man causes a blind girl to see again by … More »

FFRF has Gideons barred from Ga. school district (June 1, 2020)

6/1/2020 · A Georgia school district has stopped the Gideons from distributing bibles in a number of schools after FFRF raised several objections. Many parents reported to FFRF that Ebenezer Elementary School and Marlow Elementary School in the Effingham County Schools system allowed Gideons to enter classrooms, … More »

Minnesota teacher's religious service video removed from online learning platform (May 27, 2020)

5/27/2020 · A video featuring a Fergus Falls Public Schools teacher at a religious service has been removed from the district’s online learning platform. A district parent reported that after a student posted a video of the teacher leading a religious worship at a church service, he … More »

Religious post removed from Louisiana Sheriff's official Facebook page (May 26, 2020)

5/26/2020 · St. Mary’s Parish Sheriff’s Department has removed a religious post from its official Facebook page. A Franklin, La. resident informed FFRF that St. Mary’s Parish Sheriff’s Office posted a “special Easter message from Sheriff Blaise Smith,” including a video over 2 minutes in length that … More »

Student Performances will no longer take place at churches in Oregon (May 20, 2020)

5/20/2020 · No future Gresham-Barlow School District student performances will take place in the churches. A concerned district parent reported that the Deep Creek Damascus Middle School choir once again performed at a church that contained graphic religious iconography and required parents to pay the venue in … More »

West Virginia “prayer locker” removed from school property (May 19, 2020)

5/19/2020 · Preston County Schools has removed a “prayer locker” from school property. A concerned citizen alerted FFRF that Terra Alta/East Preston School had established a “prayer locker” for its students, marked with a Latin cross and sign that read: “Prayer Locker. Write your prayer request on … More »

School-sponsored prayer ended in Oklahoma (May 18, 2020)

5/18/2020 · Guthrie Public Schools officials have taken measures to ensure school-sponsored prayer will not continue in its schools. A district parent alerted FFRF that an official Guthrie Junior High event opened with a prayer that was scheduled as part of the event and appeared on the … More »

Public funds will not pay for religious displays in Texas (May 7, 2020)

5/7/2020 · Public funds will no longer be spent on erecting religious displays in Val Verde County, Texas. A local resident informed FFRF that the Val Verde County Commissioners Court approved allocation of $4,000 of county money to purchase rebar in order to build crosses to be … More »

Oklahoma Municipal Court stops coerced prayer (May 5, 2020)

5/5/2020 · Juveniles who appear before the Grove Municipal Court will no longer be coerced into praying and memorizing bible quotes by Judge Richard James. A local resident who was recently in James’ courtroom informed FFRF that during a regular session of his court, James hosted a … More »

Montana teacher will no longer proselytize to students (April 28, 2020)

4/28/2020 · A preaching Townsend School District #1 teacher has been reined in after routinely proselytizing to her elementary school students. A district parent reported that a music teacher at Townsend Elementary School had been initiating conversations with her second-grade students about God by asking them to … More »

Bible verse will be removed from West Virginia school property (April 26, 2020)

4/26/2020 · A bible verse will be removed from Wood County Schools property. A local resident reported that the Parkersburg South High School prominently features a bible verse, Philippians 4:13 (“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”), painted above one of the doors in … More »

FFRF and CREW settle lawsuit with HUD over open records denial (April 23, 2020)

4/23/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit against Secretary Ben Carson's Department of Housing and Urban Development for dodging records requests relating to a White House bible study. FFRF, a state/church watchdog, teamed up with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a government … More »

Bibles have been removed from Virginia school property (April 22, 2020)

4/22/2020 · In Virginia, bibles have been removed from “emergency blessing buckets” in Danville Public Schools. A Danville community member reported to FFRF that the district had partnered with God’s Pit Crew, a Christian organization, to stock its classrooms with “blessing buckets.” Each “blessing bucket” is filled … More »

Religious events will not be promoted on social media in a Georgia school district (April 4, 2020)

4/4/2020 · FFRF has seen to it that Franklin County Schools will no longer advertise religious events on its social media page. Franklin County Schools had been advertising a community-wide prayer event that takes place each Friday morning on Facebook. The event had been shared on the … More »

Religious posts removed from Oklahoma public school social media (March 31, 2020)

3/31/2020 · A religious social media post has been removed from the Valliant (Okla.) Public Schools social media page after FFRF contacted it. An area resident reported that Valliant High School’s baseball coach posted a message on the team’s Facebook page informing the team that this year’s … More »

Religious posts removed from Homeland Security and Emergency Management social media in W.V. (March 27, 2020)

3/27/2020 · The Gilmer County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has deleted a religious social media post after receiving a letter from FFRF. A local citizen reported that the department, in a Facebook post on March 24, stated that “tomorrow is national day of prayer … More »

Coaches will no longer lead prayers in Alabama school district (March 26, 2020)

3/26/2020 · Coaches in the Hartselle City School District are no longer leading prayers with students after FFRF got involved. A district parent alerted FFRF that Hartselle High School’s football coach had been leading his team in prayer. At the end of each team workout, the coach … More »

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