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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 »

Apology given for denial of service (June 30, 2016)

7/30/2016 · A regional freethinkers group has received an apology for discriminatory denial of services during a recent protest at a religious theme park after FFRF sent a letter of complaint. On June 30, Five Star Septic and Portable Toilet Rentals agreed to send portable toilets to … More »

FFRF gets religion off of fishing team (June 26, 2016)

7/26/2016 · The Cherokee County School District in Centre, Ala., has addressed several church/state violations occurring on the fishing team, after receiving a complaint from FFRF. A concerned parent informed FFRF that the team's coach had shirts printed depicting an ichthys (Jesus fish) with a Christian cross … More »

Post office removes religious literature (July 25, 2016)

7/25/2016 · The post office in Morristown, Tenn., removed its Sign of the Times magazine rack after FFRF complained to the postmaster. The rack was placed just outside the building on the post office’s property. According to its website, the magazine “encourages readers to lead joyful Christian lives … More »

Nativity scene won’t be redisplayed (July 21, 2016)

7/21/2016 · The Porum Police Department in Oklahoma has agreed not to redisplay a nativity scene in front of the department's building. The scene, erected on public property, was displayed in November 2015 and faced Main Street. "Displaying an inherently Christian message unmistakably sends the message that Porum … More »

Publicly run hotel rids itself of bibles (July 19, 2016)

7/19/2016 · Following an FFRF complaint, the Thunderbird Executive Inn in Arizona has removed the Gideon bibles that resided in all of its rooms. The hotel is part of the Thunderbird School of Global Management, recently made a unit of Arizona State University. A concerned citizen contacted … More »

Jehovah’s Witnesses won’t be at post office (July 12, 2016)

7/19/2016 · The United States Postal Service has responded to an FFRF complaint by promising to prevent Jehovah's Witness literature distribution at the Bay City Post Office in Texas. A local complainant requested that FFRF take action to end the proselytizing practice. The Witnesses set up chairs, … More »

Band won’t return to Ark Encounter (July 18, 2016)

7/18/2016 · Williamstown High School will not be returning to the newly opened Ark Encounter in Kentucky. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel complained to the district on July 7 after the school's marching band performed at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Ark Encounter on July 5. "There … More »

Church land transfers stopped for now (July 18, 2016)

7/18/2016 · FFRF has persuaded a Tennessee county to stop giving away land to churches. The Shelby County Board of Commissioners had repeatedly transferred land to churches for nominal sums under a Tennessee provision that permitted this for nonprofits. For example, the county conveyed eight parcels of … More »

FFRF sees end to school prayer club (July 14, 2016)

7/14/2016 · Yucca Valley Elementary School in the Morongo Unified School District in California does not plan to continue its after-school prayer club. FFRF received a complaint from a local parent that a fourth-grade teacher was leading a Good News Club in her classroom directly after school, … More »

District to stop showing religious films (July 12, 2016)

7/12/2016 · FFRF has convinced a Texas school district to take a harder stance against showing Christian propaganda and anti-evolution movies to students. In Central Heights High School in Nacogdoches, Texas, two teachers showed their students questionable films. In a ninth-grade health class, an instructor screened "God's … More »

Email signature now in compliance (July 11, 2016)

7/11/2016 · FFRF has persuaded an Ohio county commissioner to remove religion from her official email signature. Crawford County Commissioner Jenny Vermillion used two inappropriate signature lines in her county email address. The first of these was a reference to an Old Testament verse, Jeremiah 1:5, along … More »

Teacher won’t show Christian film again (July 5, 2016)

7/5/2016 · A physical education teacher in the Tattnall School District in Georgia will not show "Woodlawn" or other Christian films to his class again after hearing from FFRF. The film was shown at Reedsville Middle School over two class periods. The movie, produced by a Christian … More »

School cuts ties to baccalaureate service (June 29, 2016)

6/29/2016 · The North Mac Community Unit School District in Illinois has promised not to promote or fund a religious baccalaureate service for graduating high school seniors. A letter written by FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover prompted the move. FFRF first contacted the district back in 2014 … More »

Religious decals removed from cop cars (June 28, 2016)

6/28/2016 · A Kansas police department has removed religious decals after FFRF complained about them. The police department in Harper, Kan., had placed a decal on the back of patrol cars stating: "Romans 13:4." The New Testament verse in question reads as follows: "For he is the … More »

California council nixes huge grant (June 23, 2016)

6/23/2016 · A California city council nixed a multimillion-dollar grant to a private religious school after FFRF objected. The Santa Ana City Council was considering a $2.5 million grant to Mater Dei High School, a Catholic institution, for construction of a new building and parking garage. FFRF … More »

Michigan roadside cross removed (June 17, 2016)

6/17/2016 · Thanks to an FFRF complaint, travelers on Interstate 69 near Bath Township, Mich., will not have to view a memorial with a Latin cross along the road. The change proceeds from a letter from FFRF Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler in which she wrote, “It is … More »

Religious school message removed (June 17, 2016)

6/17/2016 · A large religious message in an Oklahoma public school was taken down after an FFRF complaint. One of the walls in the teachers’ lounge in East Side Elementary School in Chandler, Okla., had a 5-foot-by-5-foot stenciled message that read: “Miracles alter flow unseen through our … More »

Creationist movie removed from school (June 14, 2016)

6/14/2016 · An FFRF complaint about a creationist movie has made sure that it will not be shown again in a Colorado public school. Carl Christianssen, a science teacher at Dakota Ridge High School, showed a video in class called “Unlocking the Mysteries of Life” that has … More »

District cracks down on religious promotion (June 10, 2016)

6/10/2016 · A Texas school district has made important policy changes in response to FFRF's concerns with the McKinney Independent School District on several issues. District employees were displaying crosses in a number of rooms at local high schools. A religious poster at a middle school read: … More »

School ‘chaplaincy’ makes changes (June 10, 2016)

6/10/2016 · A California school district has taken a number of steps to conform with the U.S. Constitution following an FFRF complaint. The Turlock Unified School District had a partnership with the Turlock Chaplaincy, a group of ordained ministers. Some of these ministers and other volunteers were … More »

School district halts proselytizer access (June 9, 2016)

6/9/2016 · FFRF and its Kentucky chapter have blocked a Christian organization’s infiltration into athletic programs throughout a Kentucky school district. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes had embedded itself into athletic programs all over the Jefferson County Public Schools system (located in Louisville), including in elementary schools. … More »

FFRF ends multiple violations in Kansas (June 7, 2016)

6/7/2016 · Chisholm Public Schools in Kansas will no longer permit teacher-led prayer and has terminated an elementary school bible class thanks to objections from FFRF. A student notified FFRF that a history teacher at the high school led all the students in praying for a different … More »

FFRF stops prayer events in Kansas (June 6, 2016)

6/6/2016 · The Sylvan-Lucas Unified School District will no longer allow prayer at school-sponsored events following a complaint from FFRF. A student at Sylvan-Lucas High School contacted FFRF after the class president read a pre-written prayer at prom and a teacher gave an invocation at the school’s … More »

City removes itself as ChristFest sponsor (May 26, 2016)

5/26/2016 · The city of Muncie, Ind., is not listed as a sponsor of ChristFest 2016 after FFRF complained about sponsorship of the 2015 event. ChristFest is an all-day event meant "to give praise, worship, and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ." It features "praise & worship … More »

Indiana religious sign taken down (May 24, 2016)

5/24/2016 · A religious public school marquee was quickly taken down after an FFRF complaint. Morristown Jr./Sr. High School in Morristown, Ind., posted “MAY GOD BLESS YOU” as part of its 2016 congratulatory message for its graduating students. Public schools may not endorse a religious message, FFRF … More »

School will move ceremony venue (May 24, 2016)

5/24/2016 · After FFRF contacted Cincinnati Public Schools, Covedale Elementary School will no longer hold its annual awards ceremony at a local church. FFRF Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert contacted the school district on May 12 to complain about the civil-rights violation. “The selection of Western Hills … More »

Texas school district withdraws from prayer event (May 23, 2016)

5/23/2016 · After hearing from FFRF, schools in the Gunter Independent School District in Texas won't be participating in future National Day of Prayer ceremonies FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote to the district after receiving a report that Gunter High School students participated in a National … More »

District won’t promote religious ceremonies (May 23, 2016)

5/23/2016 · A Texas school district has assured FFRF that it will stop publicizing private religion-infused baccalaureate ceremonies. FFRF had contacted the Friendswood Independent School District with its concern that a baccalaureate service in Friendswood High School on May 22 has been advertised on the district's website … More »

Coach prayers to end in Minneapolis (May 23, 2016)

5/23/2016 · Athletic directors across the entire Minneapolis Public School District have been reminded not to lead, initiate, require or facilitate prayer with students at any school athletic events. FFRF lodged its complaint with the district in response to reports that the North Community High School football … More »

FFRF silences loudspeaker prayer at Texas school (May 19, 2016)

5/19/2016 · Spearman High School in Spearman, Texas, is no longer including prayer over the loudspeaker at athletic events. The move follows a Dec. 1 letter sent by FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover. "The Supreme Court has specifically struck down invocations given over the loudspeaker at public … More »

California Denny’s no longer discriminates (May 17, 2016)

5/17/2016 · The Denny's restaurant in Hawthorne, Calif., no longer privileges churchgoers with a church bulletin discount after FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell contacted the restaurant on Dec. 18 to complain about the civil rights violation. Cavell informed the restaurant that the discount, 20% off for bringing … More »

Fire department takes down sign (May 16, 2016)

5/16/2016 · A fire department in the state of Washington has agreed to stop posting religious messages on its outdoor marquee, following an FFRF complaint. Grays Harbor Fire District #1 in Oakville had put up a sign last holiday season reading: “Unto us a savior is born, … More »

Lord’s Prayer removed from ceremony (May 16, 2016)

5/16/2016 · A long-standing tradition of reciting or singing the Lord's Prayer at Ohio's East Liverpool High School's graduation ceremony has been corrected. A complainant informed FFRF that the prayer has been recited at graduation for the past 70 years. In 2015, the school choir sang the … More »

No more Christian revivals in school district (May 15, 2016)

5/15/2016 · A West Virginia school district changed its policies after FFRF objected to a Christian revival meeting held at one of its schools. Evangelist Matt Hartley sermonized to students at Mingo Central High School in Williamson, W.Va., preaching to them about Jesus, mulling about whether being … More »

Religious email signature removed (May 10, 2016)

5/10/2016 · An employee at the Eau Claire district attorney's office in Wisconsin has removed an inappropriate religious message from the signature line of her official email address, thanks to FFRF. The signature read, in part, "Joyful, Prayerful, and Thankful – Thessalonians 5:16-17." "It is inappropriate and … More »

Nevada school to end violations (May 10, 2016)

5/10/2016 · A Nevada school district has agreed to halt several constitutional violations at a local high school after being alerted by FFRF. Mojave High School Principal Antonio Rael and Grace Point Church Pastor Ty Neal were seen chatting in a video about the church’s “partnership” with … More »

School to be more careful in music selection (May 9, 2016)

5/9/2016 · Following an FFRF complaint, the Modesto City Schools in California will exercise more care in choosing music for students to perform. One section of a Winter Concert held at La Loma Junior High School was overwhelmingly religious. Most of the songs were devotional Christian songs. In … More »

FFRF sues Congress for invocation discrimination

5/5/2016 · On the 2016 National Day of Prayer, May 5, the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit against Congress for refusing to allow Co-President Dan Barker to deliver the House of Representatives invocation as a guest chaplain. U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan sponsored Barker to deliver a … More »

‘Follow Christ’ sign taken down at Ohio school (May 5, 2016)

5/5/2016 · The Genoa Area Local Schools in Genoa, Ohio, have removed a sign reading "Follow Christ" from Genoa High School, after receiving a letter from FFRF. "It is unconstitutional for Genoa Area Local Schools to encourage its students to 'Follow Christ,' in effect encouraging non-Christian students … More »

FFRF and AHA take on cross in Pensacola public park

5/4/2016 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Humanist Association filed suit over a government-owned cross in the city of Pensacola, Fla. on May 4, 2016. One version or another of the cross, which sits in Bayview Park, has stood for more than 50 … More »

Florida district dissociates from religious camp (May 4, 2016)

5/4/2016 · After FFRF lodged a complaint, the Palm Beach County School District in Florida is no longer partnering with a religious sports day camp, SportsTyme. The group claims that it creates a sports environment that "leaves God in," including bible lessons. Previously, the district permitted SportsTyme … More »

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

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

Tennessee schools to address violations (May 2, 2016)

5/2/2016 · A Tennessee school district is taking steps to ensure that state/church violations do not recur after hearing from FFRF about the violations. A second-grade teacher at Highland Rim Elementary in Fayetteville, Tenn., helped students construct crosses as a class craft project. She also marked student … More »

Graduation in church halted (May 1, 2016)

5/1/2016 · A Nevada public school is no longer holding its graduation ceremonies inside a church, following an FFRF complaint. For at least the past three years, Coral Academy of Science's eighth-grade promotion and senior graduation ceremonies had been performed in The Church at South Las Vegas, … More »

Kentucky town to discontinue nativity display (April 28, 2016)

4/28/2016 · A Kentucky town will stop displaying an overtly religious nativity scene in response to an FFRF objection. FFRF had notified the city of Walton a number of times that a Christmas nativity panorama on the City Hall lawn was in violation of the Establishment Clause … More »

FFRF resolves another issue in Orange County (April 26, 2016)

4/26/2016 · FFRF has resolved yet another issue in Florida's Orange County Public Schools. The district, the 11th-largest in the country, is FFRF's most-contacted school district. This time, the district is ensuring that JROTC ceremonies at East River High School will not include prayer. The 2016 JROTC … More »

Illinois teacher takes down religious ads (April 25, 2016)

4/25/2016 · A West Aurora High School teacher has taken down religious ads she posted around her classroom after FFRF sent a letter of complaint. One poster advertised "See You At The Pole," a Christian prayer event, that included bible quotes. Another poster advertised the school's student … More »

California school board drops prayer (April 25, 2016)

4/25/2016 · The Silver Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees no longer prays at its meetings, thanks to action taken by FFRF. On April 25, attorneys for the school district “decided to voluntarily discontinue its prior practice” of including invocations, after hearing from FFRF Legal Fellow … More »

OK! Students no longer sent to ‘Spring Tea’ (April 25, 2016)

4/25/2016 · An Oklahoma school district has assured FFRF that its students will not be attending a moralistic sermon. The "Spring Tea" is a highly religious annual event in Muskogee. In March, hundreds of middle school girls were preached to on such issues as abstinence, teen pregnancy, … More »

FFRF gets Christian movie removed from school (April 22, 2016)

4/22/2016 · The Christian movie "Facing the Giants" will no longer be shown in South Dearborn Community Schools, thanks to a complaint lodged by FFRF. The film follows a struggling high school football coach who inspires his team to believe in the Christian God and to use … More »

Evangelist barred from Florida schools (April 21, 2016)

4/21/2016 · FFRF has had an ex-con proselytizer barred from a Florida school district. Hillsborough County Public Schools had allowed a Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative, David Gaskill, who has a criminal record, to interact and proselytize with its students without restriction. Gaskill had been involved with … More »

Tennessee school’s choral program secularized (April 20, 2016)

4/20/2016 · Students at David Crockett High School in Jonesborough, Tenn., will no longer be compelled to perform "contemporary Christian concerts" as a part of their public school music instruction after hearing from FFRF. FFRF received a report that music teacher Kelly Sams conducted blatantly Christian concerts, … More »

Violations ended in Florida school district (April 19, 2016)

4/19/2016 · The Indian River County School District in Florida has instituted changes after FFRF contacted the district with reports of several constitutional violations. The Vero Beach High School football and baseball teams reportedly employed a chaplain, pastor Joe Moore, who was also the director of the … More »

Arkansas groups won’t get grants (April 18, 2016)

4/18/2016 · FFRF recently complained to the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District about the nearly $600,000 in grants it gave in 2013-14 to Ecclesia College in Springdale, Ark., an overtly religious institution. Of the seven majors the college offers, five are theologically based; of its 14 emphases, … More »

Principal schooled on religious activities (April 14, 2016)

4/14/2016 · A Wisconsin elementary school principal has been instructed to stop imposing his religious beliefs on staff, students and parents. The principal of Elm Lawn Elementary School in Middleton, Wis., reportedly prayed in front of teachers, students and parents while addressing disciplinary issues, and gave a … More »

FFRF brings suit over censorship of atheist scholarships

4/12/2016 · Plaintiff David Dionne stands in front of the offices of the Antelope Valley Union High School District. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with the Antelope Valley Freethinkers and its head David Dionne, sued the Antelope Valley Union High School District on April 12, 2016 after … More »

Staff won’t lead, promote religious club (April 11, 2016)

4/11/2016 · Tri County Area School District in Sand Lake, Mich., is making changes to a religious club that was previously run unconstitutionally. Tri County High School's First Priority club, a Christian club, was often attended by a music teacher and a local pastor, in violation of … More »

No more preaching at mandatory events (April 10, 2016)

4/10/2016 · A Texas public school district will stop preachers sermonizing during compulsory employee events, following a complaint by FFRF. The Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District held a mandatory district-wide convocation at First Baptist Church of Euless on Aug. 14. During the event, Scott Sheppard, executive director of … More »

Teacher stops peddling creationism (April 7, 2016)

4/7/2016 · FFRF has stopped a Garrettsville, Ohio, public school teacher from promoting creationism in his classroom. In January, Garfield High School biology teacher Gregory Walker taught a lesson on creationism/intelligent design as a precursor to a unit on evolution. Walker had four crosses on display during … More »

After wavering, school board drops prayer (April 7, 2016)

4/7/2016 · Thanks to persistent action by FFRF, the Kings Canyon Unified School District Governing Board in Reedley, Calif., will no longer pray at its meetings. FFRF Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler first objected to the practice in November 2015. Superintendent Juan Garza replied on Feb. 24, informing FFRF … More »

Gaylor v. Lew challenges IRS clergy housing privileges

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

Gideons must follow same rules as others (April 1, 2016)

4/1/2016 · Gideons will now be forced to abide by the same literature distribution rules as all other groups in Georgia's Whitfield County Schools following an FFRF complaint. A district parent said representatives of the men's ministry handed out bibles to Westside Elementary School students on Nov. … More »

FFRF takes on principal’s proselytizing (March 29, 2016)

3/29/2016 · After hearing from FFRF, the Conroe Independent School District in Conroe, Texas, has instructed the principal of Vogel Intermediate School to stop proselytizing to her employees. An employee reported that the principal regularly sent emails with religious content, and even placed notes in each employee's … More »

Library stays open on Easter Sunday (March 27, 2016)

3/27/2016 · FFRF persuaded the central library in Madison, Wis., to serve patrons on Easter Sunday. FFRF had contacted Madison library staff last year to emphasize that Easter Sunday was neither a federal nor a Wisconsin holiday, and that the library was open otherwise on Sundays. "It is … More »

FFRF, member sue Shelton, Conn. over viewpoint censorship

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

FFRF has teacher cease sermonizing (March 23, 2016)

3/23/2016 · FFRF has made an Ohio public school teacher stop sermonizing to her students. Green Middle School teacher Kelli Hunka was assigning religious projects to her students every month. In January, for instance, she had students "write and illustrate a prayer for the new year," while … More »

Proselytizing ends in school district (March 17, 2016)

3/17/2016 · After an FFRF complaint, the Payson (Ariz.) Unified School District has directed teachers not to promote their personal religious beliefs to their students. FFRF was notified of the situation by the parents of a local kindergarten student. The student had shared that his music teacher … More »

Public transit ceases ad sponsorship (March 15, 2016)

3/15/2016 · The Portage Area Regional Transportation Authority in Ohio has agreed to FFRF's request that it cease weekly sponsorship of a religious advertisement in a local paper. The ad, printed each Saturday in the Record-Courier with text promoting Christianity and a "Scripture Reading" selected by the … More »

Bible verse removed from email signature (March 8, 2016)

3/8/2016 · An inspector from North Carolina's License & Theft Bureau will no longer use a biblical verse as her email signature after FFRF contacted the department. Her email signature included, "For the one in authority is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, … More »

District drops religious assemblies (March 8, 2016)

3/8/2016 · Shelby County School District in Alabama is taking steps to ensure no further inappropriate religious assemblies occur in its schools. Presenters from Word of Life Redemption were permitted to hold assemblies at Montevallo High School and Montevallo Middle School on Feb. 12. The group lists … More »

FFRF sues Texas sheriff over cross decals

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

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

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

FFRF ensures students’ rights in Alabama (March 2, 2016)

3/2/2016 · FFRF has ensured that members of the Interfaith Club at Bob Jones High School will be permitted to hold meetings on any topic of their choosing, after Madison City Schools Assistant Superintendent Robby Parker prohibited discussion of Satanism, the planned topic at one of … More »

Automated phone system misuse rectified (March 1, 2016)

3/1/2016 · The Jacksonville City Schools in Alabama has assured FFRF that the district's automated phone system will not again be used to inform parents of religious events. Last summer, community members reportedly received calls and text messages from the school system to inform them of and … More »

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

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

Invocations to be nonsectarian (February 26, 2016)

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

FFRF vs. Abbott challenges Bill of Rights display censorship

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

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

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

FFRF tackles football coach’s religiosity (February 25, 2016)

2/25/2016 · The coach of the Cannon County High School football team in Woodbury, Tenn., will no longer be permitted to conduct religious activities with his students. The coach previously had taken his team to attend area churches for "team building," and also brought in a speaker … More »

Kansas district drops creationism (February 22, 2016)

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

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

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

Graduation practice in church ends (February 19, 2016)

2/19/2016 · FFRF made a Pennsylvania public school discontinue graduation practice inside a church. Columbia High School last year required its students to receive their graduation caps and gowns and ceremony information within a church. School districts that have used churches for school functions have had the practice … More »

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

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

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

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

Graduation prayers ended (February 10, 2016)

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

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

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

School officials to be neutral (February 8, 2016)

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

Bible distribution ends in Ohio (February 8, 2016)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Superintendent pulls back on Twitter (February 2, 2016)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bible distribution ends in Texas (February 1, 2016)

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

Seniors spared from prayers (January 29, 2016)

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

Kentucky coach to stop prayers (January 28, 2016)

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

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

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

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