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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 »

Prayer breakfast ad falsely tied to city (September 6, 2018)

9/6/2018 · FFRF helped end a constitutional violation in Fort Myers, Fla. FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line wrote to the city of Fort Meyers after a complainant reported that the city sponsored and promoted a “Community Prayer Breakfast” on the National Day of Prayer. FFRF received a response … More »

Massachusetts school district to stand up for secularism (September 5, 2018)

9/5/2018 · FFRF has received assurances from a Massachusetts school district that religion will not be allowed to intrude into its graduation ceremonies from now on. Canton Public Schools officials invited the Rev. John Tomilio III to give a sectarian religious invocation at the 2018 Canton High … More »

Religious books removed from university hotel (August 29, 2018)

8/29/2018 · FFRF convinced Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, to remove religious texts from the DSU College Inn hotel guest rooms. A concerned hotel guest reported that on one stay at the College Inn, she found two copies of the Book of Mormon in her … More »

Banners taken down in West Virginia (August 29, 2018)

8/29/2018 · FFRF has caused Jackson County Commissioners to rewrite their policy on allowing religious banners to be hung on county courthouse property. In June, FFRF’s complainant reported that a gazebo on the Jackson County Courthouse lawn displayed two banners: one containing a bible verse, and another … More »

Science teach stops leading prayer in New Hampshire high school (April 16, 2018)

8/16/2018 · Where: Milford High School in Milford. Violation: A science teacher had been guiding her students in prayer. Outcome: On April 16, Superintendent Robert Marquis reported to FFRF that the principal reiterated the seriousness of the accusation to the teacher and reminded her to refrain from having … More »

Biblical verses on bulletin boards nixed (August 16, 2018)

8/16/2018 · FFRF brought two bulletin boards containing religious verses to the attention of a Tennessee school district which have been subsequently taken down. Midtown Elementary School in Kingston, Tenn., had displayed two bible verses in one of its hallways. One display said “A cord of three … More »

Ohio city removes Ten Commandments plaque from park (August 14, 2018)

8/14/2018 · A Ten Commandments plaque has been removed from Murphy Park in Steubenville, Ohio, after FFRF sent a letter to the city asking for the religious display to move to private property. FFRF contacted City Manager Jim Mavromatis on Aug. 10 after receiving a complaint from … More »

FFRF stops religious messages on flyers (August 14, 2018)

8/14/2018 · The U.S. Probation Office in San Bernardino, Calif., will cease the distribution of job posting flyers with religious messaging, thanks to FFRF. After a probationer reported last September that the flyers he received from his probation officer contained religious verses in them, FFRF Robert G. … More »

Religious ads dropped from car hangers (August 8, 2018)

8/8/2018 · FFRF succeeded in removing religious promotion from the back of mandatory car tags at an elementary school in Tennessee. Dupont Elementary School in Chattanooga had partnered with Rock Bridge Community Church by displaying an advertisement on the back of the car hangers parents are required … More »

Alabama school cancels prayer service (August 6, 2018)

8/6/2018 · FFRF has put a stop to a community prayer service planned on Randolph County, Ala., school system grounds. Woodland High School and Woodland Elementary School planned on hosting a “community prayer service” on Aug. 5. A Facebook post by a counselor at Woodland High … More »

Georgia removes cross from county property (August 6, 2018)

8/6/2018 · FFRF has ensured the removal of a Latin cross display from the property of Catoosa County (Ga.) Fire Station No. 3. According to a complaint, a large cross was displayed on county property off of Highway US-41. The cross was clearly visible from the … More »

FFRF and Parkersburg residents sue to stop City Council Prayer

8/1/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and two local members filed suit on July 31, 2018, against the City of Parkersburg, W.Va., in a challenge to the City Council’s practice of reciting the “Lord’s Prayer” at each meeting. Parkersburg residents Eric Engle and Daryl Cobranchi assert … More »

City ends Day of Prayer sponsorship (July 31, 2018)

7/31/2018 · FFRF has persuaded the city of North Miami Beach, Fla., to cease its sponsorship of National Day of Prayer events. FFRF’s Patrick O’Reiley Legal Fellow Christopher Line sent a letter to the mayor of North Miami Beach on June 26, illuminating the unconstitutionality of the … More »

Religious activity halted in Ohio courthouse (July 30, 2018)

7/30/2018 · FFRF applauds a Knox County, Ohio, judge for halting religious activity in his courtroom after its unconstitutionality was called to his attention. FFRF received a report from a concerned Mount Vernon citizen that Judge Richard Wetzel regularly invited a prayer group to use the courthouse … More »

South Carolina school moves prayer breakfast (July 30, 2018)

7/30/2018 · FFRF has stopped a South Carolina public school district from hosting prayer services on school grounds. Clinton High School and Clinton Middle School in the Laurens County School District recently hosted a week-long event titled, “40th Annual Community Prayer Breakfast.” The religious programming at … More »

FFRF gets ‘spirituality’ off foster parent video (July 23, 2018)

7/23/2018 · FFRF has persuaded a Tennessee state department to end its promotion of belief in a god. FFRF wrote to the state’s Department of Children’s Services (DCS) warning it against endorsing religion to those wishing to become foster parents. A concerned Tennessee resident who had gone through … More »

Louisiana sheriff removes commandments display (July 23, 2018)

7/23/2018 · A resident of Washington Parish, La., contacted FFRF to report an unconstitutional Ten Commandments display in the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office reportedly displayed the commandments on two, hand carved wooden tablets in the waiting area. On Jan. 22, FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick C. … More »

Wisconsin school to stop hosting Christian speaker (July 19, 2018)

7/19/2018 · A concerned local resident contacted FFRF to report that Chequamegon High School, Wis., hosted motivational speaker Kristen Anderson during the school day on March 12. FFRF Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne wrote to Superintendent Mark Weddig to report that Anderson’s presentation on mental health culminated … More »

Texas school stops religious art project (July 18, 2018)

7/18/2018 · FFRF has ensured that one Texas school district will no longer ask students to decorate their own school with crosses. A concerned district community member contacted FFRF to report that students at West Oso High School appear to have been given an assignment through … More »

Tennessee school ends baccalaureate promotion (July 18, 2018)

7/18/2018 · FFRF has reminded a Tennessee public school that promoting religious services to students is unconstitutional. A concerned area resident of Roane County, Tenn., notified FFRF that Roane County Schools advertises and promotes baccalaureate services for all of its high schools. On May 17, FFRF … More »

Illinois school chorus ends church performances (July 12, 2018)

7/12/2018 · FFRF has successfully harmonized an Illinois public high school chorus with the Constitution. Earlier this year, FFRF was informed that a public school madrigal chorus at Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox, Ill., performed at a Catholic church in Manhattan in December. The concert … More »

Cross removed from sign in California (July 6, 2018)

7/6/2018 · FFRF has taken action to keep religion out of a California city’s public park. A concerned resident of Avalon, Calif., notified FFRF that the city had placed a sign on display in Avalon Veterans Memorial Park that features a Latin cross. On June 11, … More »

Tennessee district stops assembly proselytizing (July 6, 2018)

7/6/2018 · FFRF has convinced a Tennessee school district to implement a corrective plan barring proselytizing assemblies from taking place. A concerned student of the Oneida High School in Huntsville, Tenn., reported to FFRF that the school had allowed a local pastor to preach and evangelize to … More »

Ohio police won’t endorse religious service (July 5, 2018)

7/5/2018 · FFRF has ensured the Columbus Division of Police (CDP) will no longer request department employees attend religious worship services. A concerned employee of the Ohio police department contacted FFRF to report that Deputy Chief Michael Woods emailed all CDP personnel requesting that CDP employees … More »

Choir performances will not be held in a church (June 29, 2018)

6/29/2018 · A concerned resident alerted FFRF to a constitutional violation at a high school in Canal Fulton, Ohio. A joint concert between the Northwest High School choir and the Central Presbyterian Church choir, which took place at a church and included religious music, was described by … More »

Ohio school handbook no longer has prayer (June 27, 2018)

6/27/2018 · An Ohio school district has removed religious promotion from its Parent Transportation Handbook after FFRF reminded it of the constitutional obligation to remain neutral regarding religion. A concerned parent reported that the handbook contained “A Bus Driver’s Prayer,” an overtly religious appeal to the … More »

School Board member won't promote her religious beliefs to students and staff (June 26, 2018)

6/26/2018 · A concerned resident reported to FFRF that a Dekalb County School Board member had been using her position to promote her religious beliefs to students and staff, including religious remarks she made at the 2017 Arabia Mountain High School graduation ceremony and the 2017 … More »

High school won't promote baccalaureate service (June 21, 2018)

6/21/2018 · A concerned Ohio resident has reported that Shelby High School in Shelby, Ohio, had been advertising and promoting a baccalaureate service as part of its graduation events. An advertisement for the baccalaureate service, which typically includes prayer or worship, was published on the front … More »

Christian commencement handouts stopped at high school (June 21, 2018)

6/21/2018 · FFRF has stopped Christian commencement handouts at Hicksville High School in Hicksville, Ohio. FFRF’s Christopher Line wrote to Keith Countryman, superintendent of Hicksville Exempted Village School, on May 31 to issue a complaint about a religious packet distributed to students during the high school’s … More »

Ohio city moves cross off city property (June 19, 2018)

6/19/2018 · At FFRF’s behest, the city of Cambridge, Ohio, has moved a Christian cross off of city property. On Aug. 11, 2017, FFRF Legal Fellow Christopher Line wrote to Cambridge Mayor Thomas Orr to request that a Christian cross be moved off city property. The … More »

FFRF gets Florida school to address violation (June 19, 2018)

6/19/2018 · FFRF has ensured that a Florida public school will not continue to distribute bibles to students. FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel wrote on Sept. 1, 2017, to Richard Shirley, superintendent of Sumter County School District in Bushnell, Fla., regarding an incident which occurred on Oct. 19, … More »

Latin cross and Christian flag taken down from school (June 19, 2018)

6/19/2018 · A parent of a student at Mesquite Independent School District in Mesquite, Texas, notified FFRF that a student choir performed on a stage in front of a large Latin cross, adjacent to a Christian flag on a pole with a cross on top. The … More »

Christian worship band won't perform at city-sponsored events anymore (June 19, 2018)

6/19/2018 · FFRF reminded a Colorado city mayor that scheduling a Christian worship band to perform at city-sponsored events poses a serious violation of constitutional separation of state and church. On April 20, FFRF’s Christopher Line wrote Marc Williams, mayor of Arvada, Co., about the city’s … More »

Texas school stops bible distribution (June 11, 2018)

6/11/2018 · FFRF has put a stop to a Texas school district’s illegal distribution of bibles. On June 6, FFRF Associate Council Sam Grover wrote to Brian Nelson, general counsel for Corpus Christi Independent School District in Corpus Christi, Texas, to register a complaint regarding several … More »

FFRF puts an end to prayer at high school graduation ceremony (June 9, 2018)

6/9/2018 · FFRF has helped put an end to prayer at a Pennsylvania high school’s graduation ceremonies. A senior at Pottsville Area High School informed FFRF that a prayer was scheduled at the high school’s graduation ceremony, and that the school sponsored a baccalaureate ceremony during … More »

City removes church ad featuring police vehicle (June 8, 2018)

6/8/2018 · A concerned Tupelo, Miss., resident contacted FFRF to report that a Tupelo Police Department vehicle was featured in a recent advertisement for the Word of Life Church. The ad featured Pastor Tommy Galloway exiting a department vehicle, then quoting the bible as a “warning” … More »

Bible removed from school office in N.C. (June 7, 2018)

6/7/2018 · FFRF reminded Wayne Country Public Schools that the Establishment Clause prohibits public schools from promoting the Christian bible or taking any action that encourages students to read the bible. On Nov. 28, 2017, FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott wrote to Dr. Michael Dunsmore, superintendent of … More »

FFRF stops evangelizing Missouri baseball coach (June 7, 2018)

6/7/2018 · On May 30, FFRF Robert G. Ingersoll Legal Fellow Colin E. McNamara wrote to Aaron Zalis, superintendent of Rolla Public Schools in Rolla, Mo., to issue a complaint against Marty Hauck, coach of the Rolla High School baseball team. Hauck used his position as … More »

School board members won't conduct prayer at school functions (June 7, 2018)

6/7/2018 · After FFRF intervened, Wayne County Public Schools in Goldsboro, N.C., will not conduct prayers at school functions. On Nov. 22, 2017, FFRF Senior Council Patrick Elliott wrote to Wayne Country Public School Board Chairperson Don Christopher West to register a complaint regarding prayers at … More »

No more ‘testimony’ at Oklahoma football camp (July 7, 2018)

6/7/2018 · FFRF reminded an Oklahoma public school that proselytizing to student athletes is unconstitutional. On July 2, FFRF Patrick O’Reiley Legal Fellow Christopher Line wrote to Gore Public Schools Superintendent Lucky McCrary to request that the district not allow its football program members to be … More »

High School graduation ceremony won't have Christian prayers (June 6, 2018)

6/6/2018 · FFRF’s objection to an Illinois high school’s religious graduation ceremony has made certain that there won’t be any further imposition of religion in the district. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that the Brimfield High School graduation ceremony on May 20 included two … More »

W. Va. football coach ends pregame prayers (June 6, 2018)

6/6/2018 · FFRF notified a West Virginia school district that it is illegal for public school athletic coaches to lead their teams in prayer or participate in student prayers. On May 31, FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott wrote to Superintendent of McDowell Country Schools Nelson Spencer to … More »

Kentucky school ends graduation prayer (June 4, 2018)

6/4/2018 · A concerned parent of a student at Crofton Elementary School in Hopkinsville, Ky., contacted FFRF to report that the school’s sixth-grade graduation on May 23 began with a Christian prayer delivered by a local minister. FFRF Robert G. Ingersoll Legal Fellow Colin McNamara wrote to … More »

New Mexico schools commit to neutrality (June 4, 2018)

6/4/2018 · FFRF has educated a New Mexico school district on its constitutional obligation to keep religion out of its public schools. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that the 2018 Shiprock High School graduation ceremony began and ended with scheduled religious prayers. Students delivered the invocation … More »

Ohio school district to censor endorsements (June 1, 2018)

6/1/2018 · It was reported to FFRF that last August, New Philadelphia City Schools in Ohio organized a prayer event and promoted it on its official Facebook page. FFRF wrote on May 30 to ensure the district does not organize or promote religious events. FFRF Legal Fellow … More »

FFRF discovers hushed victory in district (June 1, 2018)

6/1/2018 · FFRF was pleased to recently discover a hidden victory for state-church separation in an eastern Texas school district. Back in 2014, FFRF was informed by a concerned community member of the Mt. Vernon Independent School District that the district was displaying several religious quotes on … More »

Colorado council allows nonreligious prayers (May 31, 2018)

5/31/2018 · FFRF has ensured that a Colorado city council will not discriminate against nonbelievers in its council meetings. FFRF was informed that the Monte Vista City Council decided at a council meeting earlier this spring that it would begin opening its meetings with prayer. Comments made … More »

LifeChurch expelled from Oklahoma school (May 29, 2018)

5/29/2018 · An Oklahoma public school has updated its policy to protect students from religious coercion, thanks to FFRF. A concerned parent within Owasso Public Schools in Owasso, Okla., informed FFRF that Owasso Seventh Grade Center was allowing representatives from LifeChurch, an evangelical church, to enter the … More »

Tennessee school stops state-church violations (May 29, 2018)

5/29/2018 · FFRF has put an end to multiple state-church violations within a Tennessee school district after receiving a couple of complaints regarding religious promotions. A Stone Memorial High School student reported to FFRF that the school — part of the Cumberland County School District in Crossville, … More »

FFRF and coalition sue to remove Arkansas Ten Commandments monument

5/23/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and a coalition of plaintiffs filed a lawsuit on May 23, 2018, against Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin seeking the removal of a massive Ten Commandments structure from the grounds of the Arkansas Capitol. FFRF and its co-plaintiffs assert … More »

Virginia district stops mandated staff prayer (May 23, 2018)

5/23/2018 · FFRF has helped end mandatory staff meeting prayers within a school district in Luray, Va. An employee of Page County Public Schools informed FFRF that Superintendent Donna Whitley-Smith was including prayers during meetings that involved school administrators. During those meetings, meals were served and Whitley-Smith … More »

Teachers won't promote their personal religious beliefs (May 23, 2018)

5/23/2018 · FFRF ensured that employees within a Kansas school district will not be promoting their personal religious beliefs to students. On May 23, FFRF’s Christopher Line wrote to Khris Thexton, superintendent of Great Bend public school district in Great Bend, Kan., to issue a complaint … More »

Indiana school ends religious art projects (May 21, 2018)

5/21/2018 · FFRF has ensured that all lessons being taught at an Indiana elementary school will be free of religious ideology. Earlier this spring, FFRF sent a letter to the School City of Mishawaka district after a concerned parent contacted the state-church watchdog to report that a … More »

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