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FFRF versus Trump challenges executive order against church politicking

5/10/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit on May 4 challenging his "religious liberty" executive order as it pertains to church politicking. FFRF and its co-presidents, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, are plaintiff s. The suit names as defendants President Trump and John … More »

FFRF gets police station prayer display removed (April 13, 2017)

4/13/2017 · A huge prayer display has been removed from a Wisconsin police station thanks to FFRF intervening on behalf of the Constitution. A concerned area resident contacted FFRF to report that the Onalaska Police Department had a large religious display on the wall of a public … More »

Montana youth minister deterred from schools (April 7, 2017)

4/7/2017 · Religious leaders will no longer be permitted to prey upon school children for proselytization in Montana's Missouri's Forsyth R-III Schools after FFRF raised alarm. It was brought to FFRF's concern that a youth minister, Jeffrey Barrikman, from First Baptist Church, was given special access to … More »

Soccer coach to stay hands and prayer-free (March 30, 2017)

3/30/2017 · A California high school soccer coach will be keeping his hands and blessings off athletes after FFRF blew the whistle on the constitutional foul. It was brought to FFRF's attention by a concerned community member that the coach was leading his players in prayer before … More »

Michigan town removes religious memorial (March 29, 2017)

3/29/2017 · FFRF and the Center For Inquiry were informed by a local resident of Alto, Mich., of an unconstitutional cross memorial monument at Alto Veterans Park. The memorial displayed a black cutout of a soldier kneeling and a Christian cross. FFRF Managing Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert and … More »

Prayers silenced by FFRF in Georgia school (March 23, 2017)

3/23/2017 · Two teachers at Jones-Wheat Elementary School in Georgia's Decatur County Schools District will no longer be teaching students to pray after FFRF got involved. A concerned parent contacted FFRF to report that their child had recited prayers at home that they had learned in school. … More »

FFRF sues Texas judge to end courtroom prayer practice

3/22/2017 · FFRF filed a lawsuit against Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack on March 21, 2017, due to his refusal to end the practice of opening each of his court sessions with chaplain-led prayer. FFRF is joined by several local plaintiffs, including Jane Doe and … More »

FFRF shuts off Colorado school’s marquee (March 20, 2017)

3/20/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a Colorado public high school's digital marquee will no longer display advertisements for Orchard Church. Since 2012, Prairie View High School has permanently displayed the sign promoting a Christian message. It was donated by the church as a way of showcasing the … More »

California schools’ religious promotion ends (March 18, 2017)

3/18/2017 · Two instances of unconstitutional religious promotion by staff in California's Del Norte County Unified School District were brought to FFRF's attention. A weekly bulletin distributed to staff at Del Norte High School and put on display in the school's hallway contained a religious saying at … More »

New Mexico museum film to be properly replaced (March 14, 2017)

3/14/2017 · Starting this spring, the Bradbury Science Museum in New Mexico will show a new film to replace a movie that unnecessarily endorsed religion and distorted historical fact. FFRF was informed by several concerned citizens across the country of religious imagery in a movie being shown … More »

FFRF stops promotion of creationist ‘science’ (March 13, 2017)

3/13/2017 · Promotion of false, creationist "science" will no longer be undermining the education of students in the Rusk Independent School District in Texas. A concerned school district community member brought it to FFRF's attention that the Rusk Junior High School principal had gathered students in the … More »

Sheriff’s department deletes religious page (March 6, 2017)

3/6/2017 · The Matagorda County Sheriff's Department in Texas will no longer be posting religious messages online after FFRF stepped in. A local county resident informed FFRF that the department had regularly been posing religious messages, such as bible verses and prayers, on its Facebook page. While … More »

Florida teacher stops praying with students (March 3, 2017)

3/3/2017 · Florida's Walton County School District put an end to classroom prayers in its public elementary school after FFRF got involved. A concerned district family informed FFRF that a teacher at West DeFuniak Elementary was imposing prayer on her third-grade class. The year before, the teacher … More »

FFRF ends Christian music at Texas school (March 1, 2017)

3/1/2017 · A teacher at a Texas public high school will no longer be evangelizing students by forcing them to listen to religious music in her class, thanks to FFRF's involvement. A concerned student contacted FFRF about a teacher at the Trenton High School who would broadcast … More »

FFRF suit removes 14-foot cross from park in Santa Clara, Calif.

3/1/2017 · 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 »

School’s ‘debate’ over creationism ended (February 21, 2017)

2/21/2017 · Faculty in a Texas school district will no longer be weaseling Christianity into its curriculum after FFRF attorneys took action. Mark Sevarino, biology teacher at McKinney North High School, had distributed a written assignment to students setting up two sides of a debate about whether … More »

Georgia school won’t allow proselytizing (February 16, 2017)

2/16/2017 · A Christian organization won't be allowed to continue proselytizing students during lunch hours at schools in the Baldwin County School District in Georgia after FFRF got involved. FFRF was informed that members of Young Life, a religious organization whose mission involves "introducing adolescents to Jesus … More »

Texas school gets First Amendment lesson (February 15, 2017)

2/15/2017 · Students at a Texas school will not be coerced into receiving bibles as part of a misinformed lesson on "free speech" after FFRF contacted the College Station Independent School District about the constitutional violation. It was brought to FFRF's attention that a social studies teacher … More »

FFRF victory: New Kensington-Arnold Sch. Dist. removes Ten Commandments monument

2/15/2017 · FFRF and a parent filed suit on Sept. 14, 2012, against the New Kensington-Arnold School District (Pa.) to challenge a six-foot-tall Ten Commandments monument in front of Valley High School. FFRF wrote to the District in March of 2012 requesting the monument be moved … More »

Latin cross removed from Texas classroom (February 13, 2017)

2/13/2017 · FFRF reminded the Lewisville Independent School District in Texas that employees must not endorse their personal spiritual beliefs to students through religious displays. A community member informed FFRF that a cross was visibly hanging in a classroom of Arbor Creek Middle School promoting the teacher's … More »

FFRF gets Texas coaches to stop prayers (February 9, 2017)

2/9/2017 · FFRF learned that coaches in Texas' Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District were illegally participating in prayers with its student-athletes. Coaches from Byron P. Steele II High School, Samuel Clemens High School and Ray D. Corbett Junior High School had engaged in prayers. Staff Attorney Sam Grover … More »

Virginia city cancels visit to ‘Ark Park’ (February 7, 2017)

2/7/2017 · FFRF has dissuaded a Virginia city’s park and rec department from hosting a trip to the infamous “Ark Park” and creationist museum. A resident informed FFRF that the Christiansburg Parks and Recreation Department was arranging a visit in early April to the Ark Encounter and … More »

Angel statue removed from Indiana park (February 6, 2017)

2/6/2017 · FFRF was informed that a statue of an angel with its hands clasped in prayer had been put up in a public park in Kokomo, Ind. The display conferred government endorsement of Christianity over all other faiths or no faith. FFRF Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler … More »

Religious program ends at Illinois school (February 3, 2017)

2/3/2017 · FFRF took action to end a partnership between the Decatur Public Schools District in Illinois and two local churches after learning of a constitutional violation. The school district had partnered with Glad Tidings Church and Tabernacle Baptist Church for six half-day retreats at the churches. … More »

Florida judge says to dismiss prayer case (February 3, 2017)

2/3/2017 · A Florida judge says a prayer lawsuit against a high school athletic league should be tossed out. FFRF filed an amicus brief in the case. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Amanda Arnold Sansone issued a Feb. 3 recommendation to dismiss a case brought by Cambridge … More »

Louisiana coaches warned about proselytizing (February 1, 2017)

2/1/2017 · In Louisiana, the Caldwell Parish High School football team's coaches have been warned not to promote religion to the team in the future. FFRF was informed that a coach had been taking the team to church. The coach had also been exposing the athletes to … More »

FFRF, member prevail in censorship lawsuit against Shelton, Conn.

2/1/2017 · 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 … More »

Illinois staff won’t join in school gospel choir (January 25, 2017)

1/25/2017 · An Illinois school district has confirmed to FFRF that its staff members will not remain involved in a school gospel choir. FFRF initially contacted the Oak Park and River Forest High in December after a local community member informed the organization that there was a … More »

Religious promotion ended at Texas school (January 24, 2017)

1/24/2017 · A parent with a child in Victoria School District in Texas contacted FFRF to report instances of religious promotion at Ella Schorlemmer Elementary School. A Christian prayer was part of the school's Veterans Day celebration and a teacher at the elementary school incorporated religious … More »

No more religious flyers in school district (January 24, 2017)

1/24/2017 · An Indiana school district has pledged to FFRF that it will not permit the distribution of fundamentalist flyers to its students. A resident contacted FFRF to inform it that staff at Yankeetown Elementary School in Newburgh, Ind., were distributing ultrareligious flyers to third- and fourth-grade … More »

Kentucky school educated on First Amendment (January 19, 2017)

1/19/2017 · Educators at Grant County Schools in Kentucky have been reminded of their responsibility to uphold the First Amendment's requirement that they not proselytize religion. FFRF was alerted to a published nativity display in the high school's newsletter, accompanied with the phrase "Merry Christmas." FFRF Managing … More »

FFRF, parent, sue to end 75 years of bible classes in W.Va. school system

1/18/2017 ·  FFRF filed a civil rights lawsuit against Mercer County Schools on January 18, 2017, over the school system's egregiously unconstitutional "Bible in the Schools" classes for elementary school students. Joining FFRF as primary plaintiffs in the case are Jane Doe, an atheist and member … More »

Louisiana city changes prayer breakfast (January 17, 2017)

1/17/2017 · The city of Zachary, La., has changed its rules to ensure that its annual "Mayor's Prayer Breakfast" will no longer violate the First Amendment by receiving city endorsement. The city's website promoted the annual breakfast as a "Christian event," which was held in a church. … More »

FFRF gets apology for coach’s public piety (January 13, 2017)

1/13/2017 · An Illinois school district has apologized to FFRF for a coach's participation in prayer gatherings at school events. On Dec. 26, 2016, after a basketball game between Vandalia Community High School and Pana High School, Coach Brian Buscher took part in a prayer circle with … More »

Alabama school’s Christian promotion ends (January 12, 2017)

1/12/2017 · An Auburn, Ala., elementary school assured FFRF that it will not be promoting Christianity or a religious group. Dean Road Elementary School distributed flyers and used social media postings to promote "All Pro Dad" events, which the school was hosting throughout the school year. All … More »

Symbols removed from Nevada school (January 11, 2017)

1/11/2017 · Religious artwork hanging on the office wall of Bob Miller Middle School in Henderson, Nev., has been taken down after FFRF took action on a complaint. The organization received a report that a cross and a reference to Jesus were being displayed on the BMMS … More »

FFRF gets Ohio council to change invocation (January 6, 2017)

1/6/2017 · FFRF was able to get the Upper Arlington City Council in Ohio to amend its rules to comply with the Constitution. FFRF received a complaint that the council was having government officials lead invocations at the beginning of its meetings when a local minister was … More »

Ohio nativity display banished by FFRF (December 28, 2017)

12/28/2016 · A nativity display was removed from an Ohio public high school's property after FFRF took action. It was brought to FFRF's attention that a December nativity scene had been put up for the second year in a row at Buckeye Local High School in Rayland. … More »

No more religious radio to be aired at school (December 22, 2016)

12/22/2016 · A community member contacted FFRF to report that a radio in the front office of Osceola (Wis.) Intermediate School regularly played a Christian station loudly enough for everyone passing by to hear. The station was St. Paul-based 98.5 KTIS, which describes itself as a … More »

Nativity scene removed from public park (December 22, 2016)

12/22/2016 · On behalf of a local resident, FFRF recently wrote to the North Carolina town of Butner objecting to a nativity scene in a public park that had been placed there for years around Christmas. It was a large exhibit prominently displayed across from the … More »

FFRF reminds Maine school to stay secular (December 21, 2016)

12/21/2016 · Teachers at an elementary school in Guilford, Maine, have been reminded of their constitutional duty to not promote religion in their public roles as educators. FFRF received notice that a third-grade teacher at Piscataquis Community Elementary School had handed out a coloring page depicting a … More »

Nativity scene not displayed at manor (December 20, 2016)

12/20/2016 · In December 2015, a nativity scene was on display at a publicly owned manor in Wadena, Minn. The manor is owned and managed by the Wadena Housing and Redevelopment Authority and funded in part by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. FFRF … More »

FFRF stops school’s religious announcement (December 19, 2016)

12/19/2016 · FFRF contacted Wayne City Community Unit School District #100 in October to object to a posting on Wayne City High School's Facebook account about a "Bring Your Bible to School" day. The announcement gave a location (school library), time and day to meet and … More »

Coach-led prayers ended (December 16, 2016)

12/16/2016 · A football coach in Michigan's Millington Community School district will no longer be participating in or leading prayer with student-athletes after FFRF blew the whistle on the unlawful violations. It was brought to FFRF's attention that after a November football game hosted by Millington High … More »

Christian flag taken down (December 16, 2016)

12/16/2016 · A Christian flag displayed in an office window at Stephen F. Austin State University has been removed after FFRF raised concerns. The flag displayed the image of the Latin cross, the global symbol for Christianity, and was visibly hanging in the office window of the … More »

Pre-game prayer ceases (December 12, 2016)

12/12/2016 · Coaches in an Arkansas public school district will no longer be promoting personal religious beliefs after FFRF presented video evidence of a Harmony Grove School District football coach and a team chaplain leading his team in prayer before a game. FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover … More »

Gun show no longer favors churchgoers (December 12, 2016)

12/12/2016 · FFRF was informed that the annual Gun & Knife Show in Cumberland County, Tenn., which is co-sponsored by the county, included an advertisement for free admission this past summer for anyone presenting a church bulletin. This kind of discount violates the federal Civil Rights … More »

School district does constitutional training (December 9, 2016)

12/9/2016 · An Alabama school district will have its staff undergo training to reacquaint them with constitutional principles. FFRF contacted the Blount County School District in November 2016, after a parent at Hayden Primary School informed it that a second-grade teacher there asks the "class leader" of … More »

No more promotion of religious messages (December 9, 2016)

12/9/2016 · During the 2015 holiday season, the Roopville Elementary School in Georgia posted a religious message on its marquee, reading, "For God so loved the world, He sent his only Son. Merry Christmas." FFRF Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler wrote to Superintendent Phillip Hartley to ask that … More »

Mississippi school ends bible study sessions (December 6, 2016)

12/6/2016 · It was brought to FFRF's attention that the Gulfport (Miss.) School District staff was regularly propagating their personal religious belief to students in the public school. Several counselors had been handing out Christian-based informative packets to students, and every week staff members held a … More »

Religious sign removed from recycling center (December 6, 2016)

12/6/2016 · A Centerville, Ga., resident contacted FFRF to report a city-owned recycling center displaying a sign reading, "Pray for our nation." The sign was in full view for anyone using the center. FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote to Centerville City Clerk Krista Bedingfield, and City … More »

Religious club to end meetings in schools (December 6, 2016)

12/6/2016 · A concerned community member in the Camden County School District in Georgia informed FFRF that district employees had involved themselves in a religious student club at the high school and middle school. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes was meeting before school on Tuesdays with … More »

FFRF takes action over school religious event (December 6, 2016)

12/6/2016 · Adults in the Sarasota County School District in Florida organized and participated in "See You at the Pole" events put on by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at county schools in November. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel contacted Superintendent Lori White about the violation. White … More »

Graduation prayer nixed (December 5, 2016)

12/5/2016 · FFRF's persistent efforts persuaded an Indiana school district to remove prayer from the local high school's graduation ceremony. Jennings County High School in North Vernon, Ind., had prayers as part of its graduation ceremonies in both 2015 and 2016. FFRF Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne wrote … More »

Dress code changed (December 1, 2016)

12/1/2016 · After FFRF's involvement, Madisonville High School in Texas has made changes to its spiritually discriminatory and unconstitutional apparel policy. FFRF received a complaint from a student at the high school, who had been told by the school's vice principal, Kathleen Golden, to remove an inverted … More »

Club won’t receive preferential treatment (December 1, 2016)

12/1/2016 · After receiving a complaint that the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Montana's Rockwood School District was receiving special treatment in its advertising, FFRF Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler contacted Superintendent Eric Knost. The club was given preferential treatment by being displayed on a permanent board at … More »

FFRF shuts down religious recruiting (December 1, 2016)

12/1/2016 · FFRF has put an end to church advertising through an Oklahoma public school district after Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel contacted Superintendent Brad Overton. A local district family informed FFRF that Cordell Public Schools had partnered with several local churches to provide school supplies to children. … More »

No more school prayer (November 30, 2016)

11/30/2016 · Action was taken by FFRF after it was informed that Hartford (Kan.) High School's mandatory drunk-driving awareness assembly had opened with a prayer, led by the school's Athletic Christian Team sponsor Mike Watkins. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote to Superintendent Michael Argabright to inform … More »

Religious promotion ends (November 29, 2016)

11/29/2016 · The Gunter Independent School District in Texas has been educated on its obligation to uphold the Establishment Clause of the US. Constitution after violations made by staff members. FFRF took action after receiving a report that a social studies teacher at Gunter High School, Kerry … More »

High school team, ministry split up (November 23, 2016)

11/23/2016 · A Missouri high school basketball team will not continue to partner with a religious ministry in its summer camp program, thanks to FFRFs involvement. FFRF was informed of a constitutional violation occurring in the Eldon School District after the high school basketball team announced that … More »

FFRF and ACLU-KY challenge rejection of personalized license plate

11/22/2016 · FFRF and the ACLU of Kentucky filed suit on November 22, 2016 on behalf of Ben Hart, who was denied a personalized license plate by the State of Kentucky. Hart's request for a personalized license plate reading "IM GOD" was rejected by Kentucky DMV … More »

Prayer breakfast ended (November 22, 2016)

11/22/2016 · The city of Lakewood, Calif., will no longer be sponsoring a prayer breakfast held annually by the city's mayor. A concerned city resident informed FFRF about an email that had been sent out inviting residents to congregate with Lakewood Mayor Jeff Piazza and the Lakewood … More »

School participation in nativity event halted (November 22, 2016)

11/22/2016 · FFRF complained last year about schools in Wake County, N.C., participating in the Apex Nativity Celebration, an annual Christmas festivity that a local Latter Day Saints church puts together. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliot wrote to the legal counsel for the Wake County Public … More »

Jehovah’s Witness display removed (November 16, 2016)

11/16/2016 · After FFRF got involved, a Jehovah's Witness display with religious pamphlets has been removed from the side of a commuter bike path in Madison, Wis. A concerned resident contacted FFRF to report a "sandwich board" display that was standing in Glenwood Park at the side … More »

Bible verse display removed from school (November 7, 2016)

11/7/2016 · Jumoke Academy, a public school in Connecticut, will be upholding its obligation to keep school and religion separate after a constitutional violation was reported by a school employee to FFRF. The employee noticed that an academic assistant at the school was displaying a bible verse … More »

FFRF gets religious signs taken down (November 7, 2016)

11/7/2016 · After FFRF's objection, two religious signs are no longer visible during school days at a public elementary school in Woodbridge, Va. A community church in the town that rents the school building for its Sunday services was regularly leaving up signs promoting church services in … More »

District rids classes of religious films (October 26, 2016)

10/26/2016 · Thanks to FFRF, the Vernon Independent School District in Texas has enacted policies to end the promotion of religious ideologies to students through film. FFRF received a complaint that teachers in the school district had been promoting their personal religious beliefs to students during class … More »

Baptism of player by coach leads to change (October 26, 2016)

10/26/2016 · A football coach at a public high school in Newton, Miss., will no longer be promoting his religious beliefs to student athletes after FFRF objected to the coach's baptism of one of his players. Coach Ryan Smith reportedly organized and performed a baptism on one … More »

Ohio district’s team chaplain, prayer ended (October 24, 2016)

10/24/2016 · An Ohio school district won't be promoting religion through its coaching staff after FFRF got involved. A concerned parent notified FFRF that either a coach or a team chaplain had led some of the Warren Local Middle School and High School athletic teams in prayer … More »

License plate denial overturned (October 19, 2016)

10/19/2016 · A short-lived battle over the denial of a license plate has ended successfully for FFRF member Jeff Prebeg of Pennsylvania. Prebeg wanted one of three license plates: ATHE1ST, NO GOD or N0 G0D. All three of these plates were available, according to the Pennsylvania Bureau … More »

FFRF silences school’s religious hymns (October 18, 2016)

10/18/2016 · Thanks to FFRF, the Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School in Hawaii has ended its practice of having students stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing religious songs. FFRF received a complaint in September that students at the school were being forced to stand … More »

Jersey school district adjusts school policy (October 17, 2016)

10/17/2016 · A New Jersey public school district in the Montgomery Township has revised its policy to remove what appeared to be the promotion of prayer in schools after FFRF stepped in. Proposed revisions to the Montgomery Township School District’s policy on religion in public schools would … More »

Assembly prayer nixed in school district (October 14, 2016)

10/14/2016 · FFRF has made sure that public school employees in an Indiana school district will not continue to impose prayer during school gatherings. Back in April, a school guard at the Rise Up Academy (the alternative high school in South Bend, Ind.) delivered a prayer at … More »

No more coach-led prayers for Texas teams (October 3, 2016)

10/3/2016 · FFRF ensured that two Texas football teams will not have future coach-led prayers. FFRF was informed that at a football game played on Sept. 16 between New Boston High School and Pewitt High School, coaches had gathered players from both teams and led them in … More »

Religious display removed from daycare (October 3, 2016)

10/3/2016 · A city-run day care in Edinburgh, Ind., has taken down a display that read "PRAY BELIEVE FAITH." FFRF received a complaint on Sept. 13 from a parent who was concerned about the display in the main room of an afterschool day care program facilitated by … More »

California coach-led prayer event stopped (October 3, 2016)

10/3/2016 · Thanks to FFRF, a California public high school football coach will no longer be hosting "prayer breakfasts" for players. FFRF received a complaint from a parent of a San Pasqual High School football player that the coach was hosting a "Friday Morning Prayer Breakfast" each … More »

FFRF shuts off Christian music station (October 3, 2016)

10/3/2016 · An Arkansas elementary school bus driver has been told to stop playing religious tunes while transporting students. A worried parent of a student in the Siloam Springs School District informed FFRF that the bus driver was playing music from a local Christian station for students … More »

Indiana county does the correct thing (October 3, 2016)

10/3/2016 · An Indiana county has taken a wisely secular action in response to FFRF's complaint. After opening its courthouse lawn to an FFRF display and a variety of religious panoramas last winter, Franklin County has passed a new ordinance prohibiting all private exhibits on its courthouse … More »

FFRF sues over government nativity, denial of equal treatment in Franklin Co., Ind.

10/1/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a federal lawsuit on Dec. 16, 2014, against Franklin County, Ind., which annually placed a prominent nativity display in front of the Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville. The devotional tableau was … More »

FFRF stops school’s promotion of religion (September 28, 2016)

9/28/2016 · Thanks to FFRF, Arizona's Dysart Unified School District will not plan, promote or participate in "See You at the Pole," a Christian prayer event put on by a religious club. The school district will uphold their constitutional obligation to remain neutral toward religion. An email … More »

Religious promotion ends for school event (September 28, 2016)

9/28/2016 · The Midway Independent School District in Texas has taken steps to ensure that it will stop promotion of a specific religious worldview in its "Shattered Dreams" event to combat drinking and driving. FFRF received a complaint from a student over the event during which a … More »

School staff won’t join in prayer event (September 26, 2016)

9/26/2016 · The Ponderosa High School staff in California has been told to remain neutral and not participate in an annual Christian prayer event called "See You At The Pole." A concerned parent of a student at the school contacted FFRF about the prayer event listed on … More »

Employee convocations end at Texas school (September 25, 2016)

9/25/2016 · An employee at a public school district in Brazoria County, Texas, alerted FFRF about an opening prayer given at an employee general session. At a start-of-the-year meeting, employees were directed to rise and pray in a convocation led by a staff member. In a letter … More »

California school removes church banner (September 22, 2016)

9/22/2016 · Thanks to FFRF, a church banner on an elementary school fence in Long Beach, Calif., has been removed during school days. A concerned community member informed FFRF that the MacArthur Elementary School was displaying a church banner on its fences for a church that meets … More »

College instructor halts sermonizing (September 16, 2016)

9/16/2016 · A sermonizing Wisconsin community college professor has agreed to mend his ways following the FFRF's intervention. Madison College Professor Hiep S. Van Dong, an instructor in the School of Business and Applied Arts, had been encouraging students in his Leadership, Ethics and Development course to … More »

School paints over Commandments display (September 13, 2016)

9/13/2016 · After hearing from FFRF, a wall displaying the Ten Commandments has been painted over at O'Donnell High School in Texas. The superintendent of O'Donnell, Dr. Cathy Amonett, released this statement: "After consultation with legal counsel, community members and students, I have decided as the superintendent of … More »

Christian prayer ends at firefighter graduation (September 8, 2016)

9/8/2016 · Christian prayers will not be scheduled at future city firefighter academy graduation in Littleton, Colo. FFRF received a complaint from one of the city's firefighters after attending a graduation ceremony for firefighter recruits. At the end of the ceremony, graduates were invited to participate in … More »

Grad prayer ends for kindergarten class (September 8, 2016)

9/8/2016 · An Indiana public elementary school will stop prayer at its kindergarten graduation ceremonies after FFRF got involved. The ceremony in May at Springs Valley Elementary School in French Lick, Ind., included a prayer delivered by a kindergartener. The prayer was listed on the schedule. FFRF reminded … More »

Judge: Catholic lot in Madison must be taxed (September 4, 2016)

9/4/2016 · A Dane County, Wis., judge has ruled that the Catholic Church must pay taxes on a multimillion-dollar lot it owns in downtown Madison. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Rhonda Lanford decided on Oct. 4 that a 1.3-acre lot in Madison owned by the Catholic Church … More »

FFRF ends Louisiana prayer violations (August 31, 2016)

8/31/2016 · Thanks to FFRF, the Calcasieu Parish Public Schools have resolved two constitutional violations. Westlake High School will no longer broadcast prayers at football games. Vinton Elementary School will not repeat an incident that occurred on Aug. 7, when the community was invited to come … More »

Ohio commissioners to find secular inspiration (August 26, 2016)

8/26/2016 · The Lorain County Board of Commissioners in Ohio is replacing invocations with secular quotations at its meetings after hearing from FFRF. Christian prayers and bible readings by the commissioners were prior staples of the meetings. "It is coercive, embarrassing, and intimidating for nonreligious citizens to … More »

Elementary school bible club shut down (August 26, 2016)

8/26/2016 · FFRF has caused a religious club to be disbanded at a California elementary school. Club Monarch, an afterschool bible club, was run in part by teachers and routinely given preferential treatment at Mariposa Elementary School in Brea, Calif. The club was mentioned in the weekly … More »

FFRF downs religious signs at Florida school (August 24, 2016)

8/24/2016 · The Osceola County School District is now limiting church advertising on its property. The My Grace Fellowship Church holds its services at the Westside K-8 School, and previously was permitted to leave lawn signs promoting the services on the school's grounds. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew … More »

School district cuts religious presenter (August 23, 2016)

8/23/2016 · Staff in the Little Rock (Ark.) School District won't be subjected to religious lessons at staff meetings in the future. At Mabelvale Middle School's Aug. 9 teaching staff meeting, the school invited a Baptist pastor to give a presentation, which included retelling biblical stories and … More »

FFRF quashes Utah school board prayer (August 23, 2016)

8/23/2016 · The Wasatch County Schools in Heber City, Utah, have reluctantly agreed to stop praying at School Board meetings. Previously, meetings regularly included Mormon-style prayers delivered by the superintendent, School Board members, and other district employees. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote to Superintendent Terry Shoemaker … More »

Elementary school graduations secularized (August 23, 2016)

8/23/2016 · FFRF has put a stop to several egregious constitutional violations at a kindergarten graduation ceremony at Valley Elementary School in Pikeville, Ky. The school's 2016 ceremony included a teacher-led prayer and the students singing, "Jesus Loves Me," which they had reportedly been singing in their … More »

FFRF ends religious film screenings (August 22, 2016)

8/22/2016 · The Christian movie "Facing the Giants" won't be shown to Medina Middle School's seventh-graders in the future, FFRF has ensured. A parent of a student at the Dyer, Tenn., school brought the issue to FFRF's attention. The film follows a struggling high school football coach … More »

Unconstitutional tie-up in preschool ends (August 19, 2016)

8/19/2016 · An unconstitutional tie-up between a Wisconsin school district and a parochial preschool has been nixed following an FFRF complaint. In Beaver Dam Unified School District, 3-year-old public school students with developmental delays were often being sent to private preschools. FFRF's complainant, who has an eligible … More »

FFRF and members file suit against Latin cross on county seal

8/16/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and several of its local members filed suit on August 16, 2016, against Lehigh County, Penn., to remove a Latin cross from the official county seal and flag. The case was brought in the U.S. District Court for the … More »

Lunchtime religious school group disbanded (August 16, 2016)

8/16/2016 · FFRF has gotten an outsider-led lunchtime religious group at an Illinois public school disbanded. School administrators at Harrisburg Middle School were allowing a Baptist minister to lead a religious session during lunch hour. He offered free pizza and soda to students who joined the group. It … More »

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