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FFRF and Puerto Rico Secular Humanists sue over forced school prayer

3/18/2020 · The Freedom from Religion Foundation and Humanistas Seculares de Puerto Rico (HUSE) filed a lawsuit on February 27, 2020 against Puerto Rico’s Education Secretary and the principal at Luis M. Santiago School. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Humanist parent and mother … More »

FFRF and AHA challenge cross in Pensacola public park (2020)

2/19/2020 · 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 »

FFRF, AU, and ACLU put an end to discriminatory religious invocations in Brevard County, FL (February 12, 2020)

2/12/2020 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, together with Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, filed a federal lawsuit on July 7, 2015, challenging censorship of nontheists by Brevard County (Fla.) … More »

Florida county must pay $490K in legal fees (February 11, 2020)

2/11/2020 · Brevard County, Fla., must pay nearly half a million dollars in legal fees and damages after losing a case to FFRF and others. The Brevard County Commission refused to allow atheists, including FFRF Member David Williamson, to give an invocation at the start of commission … More »

Nevada district ceases prayer (February 10, 2020)

2/10/2020 · As of Feb. 10, the Clark County School District in Las Vegas has discontinued the practice of beginning school board meetings with prayer after receiving an official complaint from FFRF. FFRF was made aware that the Clark County School District Board of Trustees meetings began … More »

Gideons will no longer pass out bibles to students in Arkansas (February 7, 2020)

2/7/2020 · The Mountain View School District administration has addressed a complaint that Gideons passed out bibles to students in the district. A concerned parent reported that Gideons were allowed into Mountain View Middle School to pass out bibles to students during class. The teacher apparently welcomed … More »

Council replaces prayer with secular message (January 30, 2020)

1/30/2020 · A West Virginia city council has replaced a routine prayer before meetings with a secular alternative following a complaint from FFRF. A concerned Wheeling citizen reported to FFRF that each Wheeling City Council meeting began with a prayer. These prayers were reportedly led by City … More »

Texas remedies violation at public high school (January 24, 2020)

1/24/2020 · A Texas public school district will properly charge a religious ministry for the use of its property per FFRF’s recent advice. A concerned community member reported to FFRF that an event called “Fields of Faith” has been repeatedly held at the Sulphur Springs High School … More »

Poster advertising a religious camp in Minnesota removed (January 8, 2020)

1/8/2020 · A poster advertising a religious camp has been removed from public school property in Fergus Falls, Minn. A district parent reported that a teacher at Fergus Falls Middle School had been promoting and endorsing a Christian camp to his students. The camp is called Camp … More »

Public school employees will remain neutral on religion in Texas (January 7, 2020)

1/7/2020 · The Lovejoy school district in Allen, Texas, has reaffirmed the need for employees to remain neutral on religious matters after a district parent reported that a school board members opened an official event with a prayer. A district parent reported to FFRF that the Board … More »

Religious display in Texas public high school removed (January 6, 2020)

1/6/2020 · A religious display has been removed recently from public high school property in Montgomery, Texas. A district community member reported to FFRF that the receptionist at Montgomery High School had religious iconography on display at the school’s front office. Students and community members reportedly had … More »

Bible program ad no longer displayed in Oregon public school (December 30, 2019)

12/30/2019 · A sign advertising a bible release time program is no longer displayed on Bethel School District property. A district parent reported that last year Malabon Elementary School allowed a sign promoting a bible release time program to be erected on school property. FFRF Legal Fellow Dante … More »

Religious reference removed from public school teacher's email signature in Florida (December 23, 2019)

12/23/2019 · A Bay County School District teacher has removed a religious reference from his email signature as it constituted an inappropriate endorsement of religion. A district parent reported that a music teacher at Deane Bozeman School in Panama City was sending emails from his school account … More »

Religious references removed from public school presentations in Missouri (December 19, 2019)

12/19/2019 · District administrators in Willard Public Schools have taken corrective action to ensure that inappropriate religious references will not occur in presentations in their classes. A district parent reported that Willard High School’s choir director invited a former student to talk to his class and then … More »

Teacher-led prayer stopped in Kansas public school (December 19, 2019)

12/19/2019 · Teacher-led prayer has been stopped in North Lyon County USD 251 in Americus. A district parent reported to FFRF that their child’s music teacher recently prayed with students before a concert at North Lyon County Elementary School. The teacher reportedly told students who don’t believe … More »

Two victories for state-church separation in Illinois (December 17, 2019)

12/17/2019 · FFRF has secured two victories for state-church separation in the Maroa-Forsyth School District. A concerned district parent contacted FFRF to report that a local religious ministry and New Life Pregnancy Center were teaching sex education at Maroa-Forsyth Middle School. New Life describes itself as “a … More »

Religious references removed from holiday program in Okla. public school (December 16, 2019)

12/16/2019 · Edmond Public Schools has made changes to an annual holiday program after complaints that including religious elements violated the constitutional principle of state-church separation. An Edmond Public Schools community member reported that each year, third-grade teachers at Chisholm Elementary had students rehearse a live nativity … More »

Arkansas public school teacher will refrain from proselytizing (December 16, 2019)

12/16/2019 · A Russellville School District teacher has been reminded of his obligation to refrain from proselytizing to students. A district parent reported that a sixth-grade science teacher at Russellville Middle School has made several claims to his class that are based on his personal religious beliefs, … More »

Kentucky public school coach will not lead team prayer (December 10, 2019)

12/10/2019 · A coach in the Glasgow Independent School District has been advised not to lead the team in prayer, organize or otherwise advocate for students to lead team prayer. A community member contacted FFRF to report that after every practice and game, Jeff Hughes, an assistant … More »

Religious advertisements removed from Colorado public school district property (December 6, 2019)

12/6/2019 · Impermissible religious advertisements have been removed from Douglas County School District property after the district heard from FFRF. A concerned area resident reported that Douglas County High School in Castle Rock rents space to the Front Range Church each Sunday and was allowing the church … More »

First-grade teacher will no longer lead students in prayer in Oklahoma (December 3, 2019)

12/3/2019 · District leadership in Lone Grove School District No. I-32 has taken action to address a serious state-church violation. A district parent reported that a first-grade teacher at Lone Grove Primary School led students in prayer before a Thanksgiving meal. The complainant reported that before the … More »

Affirmative steps taken to address serious violation in Oklahoma (December 3, 2019)

12/3/2019 · Administration officials in Blanchard Public Schools have “taken affirmative steps” to address a serious state-church violation in one of its schools. A district parent reported that a science teacher at Blanchard Middle School had been attempting to discredit evolution. The complainant reported that their child … More »

Kansas public school coach will no longer pray with students (December 2, 2019)

12/2/2019 · Humboldt USD 258 has taken action to address a complaint of coach prayer within its district. A local resident reported to FFRF that Logan Wyrick, head coach of the Humboldt High School football team, had been leading his team in prayer after games. FFRF Attorney … More »

Football coaches won't pray with players after football games in West Virginia (November 27, 2019)

11/27/2019 · District staff members in Berkeley County Schools in Martinsburg were instructed to honor their constitutional obligation to remain neutral on religion when acting in their official capacity. FFRF was informed that Spring Mills High School football coaches prayed with their players midfield after a football … More »

Church banner removed from public school property in Florida (November 22, 2019)

11/22/2019 · A church’s banner has been removed from Miami-Dade Public Schools property. A local resident reported that Lake Stevens Middle Schools in Miami had been displaying a banner for World Church International on its fence at all times. FFRF Attorney Chris Line wrote to Superintendent Alberto … More »

Public school employees in Florida will not endorse religion at school (November 22, 2019)

11/22/2019 · After numerous violations, staff in Volusia County Schools in DeLand have been reminded of their obligation to not endorse religion when acting in their official capacity as public school employees. Multiple complainants, including a Volusia County parent, reported instances of religious promotion occurring within the … More »

Coaches in South Carolina public school will remain neutral on matters of religion (November 20, 2019)

11/20/2019 · Coaches in Greenville County Schools have been reminded of their constitutional duty to remain neutral on matters of religion. A concerned district parent reported that Woodmont High School football coaches prayed with their players on the field after a football game in October. FFRF Legal … More »

FFRF saves Wisconsin town $10K (November 19, 2019)

11/19/2019 · FFRF has persuaded the city of Fitchburg, Wis., to not give away thousands of taxpayer dollars to a church project with stealth religious goals. A concerned Fitchburg resident had contacted FFRF to report that the city granted $10,000 to Chapel Valley Church for four local … More »

District employees will not promote religion at school meetings in Florida (November 19, 2019)

11/19/2019 · The Alachua County Public School District’s attorney has reminded district employees that they may not promote religion at school meetings. A district employee in Gainesville reported that at a working dinner involving many school personnel, Buchholz High School Principal James TenBieg asked an employee to … More »

Religious promotion by public school basketball coaches stopped in Texas (November 18, 2019)

11/18/2019 · A Texas public school district has addressed unconstitutional religious promotion by its basketball coaches. A concerned community member reported to FFRF that basketball coaches at Connally High School in Pflugerville had been leading their teams in prayer. One of the coaches, Bradley Washington, had also … More »

Maryland expands eligibility requirements for grants to include secular nonprofits (November 15, 2019)

11/15/2019 · The state of Maryland has expanded eligibility requirements for its Protecting Religious Institution Grants to include secular nonprofits. The state of Maryland had allocated up to $3 million in state funds to be paid directly to religious nonprofit organizations to the exclusion of secular nonprofits. FFRF … More »

California public school won't hold an event at a church (November 11, 2019)

11/11/2019 · A Chino Valley Unified public school will no longer hold an event inside a local church following an intervention by FFRF. A concerned parent reported to FFRF that each year Chino Hills High School holds its Senior Awards Night at Inland Hills Church. The district had … More »

“Bring Your Bible to School Day” will not be promoted on social media in Kentucky public school (November 11, 2019)

11/11/2019 · The Clinton County School District in Albany has addressed problematic endorsement of religion within its schools after receiving a complaint from FFRF. FFRF was alerted to the fact that both Clinton County High School and Clinton County Middle School promoted a recent “Bring Your Bible … More »

Indiana school will ensure their students rights of conscience (November 7, 2019)

11/7/2019 · The Northwestern School Corporation in Kokomo took immediate action to ensure that students’ rights of conscience were being honored in its district following an FFRF letter of complaint. A community member reported to FFRF that coaches from Northwestern Middle School led a prayer circle of … More »

Michigan school won't allow religious invocations at graduation (November 7, 2019)

11/7/2019 · North Central Area Schools in Powers will no longer allow graduating classes to include an invocation or benediction in their graduation programs. North Central Area Junior/Senior High School reportedly scheduled two prayers at the class of 2019 graduation ceremony which were both listed in the … More »

Future performers will refrain from proselytizing messages in Oklahoma high school (November 5, 2019)

11/5/2019 · Any future performers invited to Guthrie Public Schools will be specifically instructed to refrain from proselytizing messages, after getting a warning from FFRF. A Guthrie Junior High parent reported that the school required students to attend an assembly where they listened to a bluegrass band … More »

Colorado school district investigatedigated serious state/church violations (November 4, 2019)

11/4/2019 · St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont has been directed to investigate a serious pattern of state/church violations at Flagstaff Academy, a charter school in the district. A Flagstaff Academy parent reported that youth pastors or representatives from area churches had regularly been granted unsupervised … More »

Religious leaders will not proselytize to students in Alabama (October 30, 2019)

10/30/2019 · After FFRF intervened, religious leaders will no longer be allowed to use a mandatory school event in the Fort Payne School District to proselytize to students. A Fort Payne High School parent reported that the school hosted a mandatory camp for marching band members. The … More »

Multiple instances of unconstitutional proselytization resolved in Kentucky (October 29, 2019)

10/29/2019 · Multiple instances of unconstitutional proselytization have been resolved in Jackson County Public Schools in McKee. A district parent reported that Jackson County High School contained at least two displays of the Ten Commandments. The parent also reported that the high school allowed Jon Isaacs, a … More »

Religious video removed from driver’s education curriculum in North Carolina (October 29, 2019)

10/29/2019 · A religious video has been removed from the driver’s education curriculum in the Johnston County School District in Four Oaks. A district parent reported that a teacher at South Johnston High School played a video that included religious content for students taking a school-sponsored driver’s … More »

Tennessee school has discontinued promotion of a bible study (October 29, 2019)

10/29/2019 · Campbell County Schools in Jacksboro has discontinued promotion of a bible study release time program. A district resident informed FFRF that Jacksboro Middle School has been impermissibly promoting a bible study release time program. According to the complainant, the school provided all students with permission … More »

Proselytizing teacher won't volunteer with students in Washington (October 23, 2019)

10/23/2019 · A proselytizing retired teacher is no longer volunteering with students in the East Valley School District No. 90 in Yakima. A district community member reported that East Valley High School was allowing a retired teacher to proselytize to students and act as an FCA representative, … More »

Santa Clara County in California has removed cross (October 22, 2019)

10/22/2019 · After hearing from FFRF, Santa Clara County has plans to remove a cross from the O’Connor Hospital building. A Santa Clara County resident informed FFRF that the county recently purchased the hospital building and that it still retains a large Latin cross affixed to the … More »

Alabama public school teacher will not promote bible study (October 15, 2019)

10/15/2019 · Auburn City Schools will not allow a teacher to continue promoting bible study in her capacity as a school employee, after hearing from FFRF. A concerned parent reported that a teacher at Wrights Mill Road Elementary School was advertising a “Fifth Grade Bible Study” to … More »

School-distributed clothing with religious iconography is no longer mandatory in Kansas (October 15, 2019)

10/15/2019 · Students in Wabaunsee USD 329 will no longer be required to wear school-distributed clothing that features religious iconography, thanks to FFRF. A parent reported that Maple Hill Elementary in Alma was donating T-shirts depicting a version of the Latin cross by a Christian organization called … More »

Unconstitutional prayer at official staff event in Brooksville, Fla. addressed (October 9, 2019)

10/9/2019 · A Florida school district has taken action to address unconstitutional prayer at official staff events following a complaint from FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line. A district employee reported to FFRF that Jill Kolasa, director of student services at Hernando County Schools, regularly led staff members … More »

State/church issues rectified in Colorado Spring, Co. (October 8, 2019)

10/8/2019 · A Harrison Schools District Two parent reported to FFRF that during a back-to-school event, Sand Creek International Elementary in Colorado Springs handed out packets that depicted students who were wearing various Christian symbols, including a fish with the word “Jesus” and several Latin crosses. FFRF … More »

Biblical verse poster removed from Crossville, Tn., high school classroom (October 4, 2019)

10/4/2019 · FFRF has persuaded Cumberland County Schools in Tennessee to hold a district-wide training event regarding the permissibility of religious displays in schools after getting several complaints from community members. FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line has written to the district multiple times about religious displays in … More »

Christian ministry won't be allowed back at a Florida public school (October 4, 2019)

10/4/2019 · A Christian ministry, FutureNow, will not be asked back to Nassau County Public School District after it invited students to an event that featured proselytizing and an altar call. All students at Fernandina Beach High School were instructed to report to the gym during the … More »

District policy regarding religious promotion in Michigan school reaffirmed (October 4, 2019)

10/4/2019 · The school district in Harper Woods has reaffirmed its district policy regarding religious promotion at staff meetings after intervention from FFRF. A Chandler Park Academy School District employee reported that district leadership had impermissibly organized and led prayers during staff meetings. The complainant reported that … More »

Arkansas school district won't promote a religious event (October 3, 2019)

10/3/2019 · An Arkansas school district will cease promoting a religious event after receiving a letter from FFRF. A concerned Greenwood School District parent reported that Westwood Elementary School had been promoting religious events and speakers on its official Facebook page, including a “See You at the … More »

Religious assignment will not be used again at Illinois school (October 2, 2019)

10/2/2019 · A religious assignment will not be used again in a Barry school following a complaint from the FFRF. A concerned Western Community School District #12 parent reported to FFRF that their child was assigned to read and respond to “10 Truths Middle Schoolers Should Know.” … More »

New policy regarding student speeches implemented in Dennison Ohio high school (September 24, 2019)

9/24/2019 · Claymont City Schools in Dennison, Ohio, will implement a new policy regarding student speeches at graduation after attendees were subjected to a Christian prayer at this year’s commencement. An area resident and former Claymont student reported that each year Claymont High School includes a prayer … More »

A religious sign has been removed Bettendorf, Ia. police department (September 23, 2019)

9/23/2019 · A religious sign has been removed from Bettendorf Police Department property following a complaint from FFRF. A local resident reported that the department was permanently displaying a bible quote — “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” — Matthew … More »

Bible quote removed from Cynthiana, Ky. principal's email signature (September 23, 2019)

9/23/2019 · A Harrison County Schools principal has removed a bible quote from his email signature following the advice of FFRF. A Harrison County Middle Schools parent reported to FFRF that the school principal included the bible passage “Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor. … More »

Prayer permanently discontinued in Licking, Mo. school district staff meetings (September 19, 2019)

9/19/2019 · Prayer has been permanently discontinued at a Licking, Mo., district’s staff meetings after FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line pointed out the constitutional issues with such district-sponsored religious messaging. A district staff member reported that the district held a staff meeting at Licking High School at … More »

School district in Hamilton, Ga. will no longer allow religious leaders to proselytize to students (September 16, 2019)

9/16/2019 · The Harris County School District in Georgia has addressed protocol for school visitors after FFRF took issue with a religious leader proselytizing to students during school hours. A district parent reported that a man called “Pastor Trey” from Cascade Hills Church was regularly visiting lunchrooms … More »

La Crosse, Wis. school district will remain neutral on religion (September 11, 2019)

9/11/2019 · A teacher in the La Crosse School District has been reminded of the obligation to remain neutral on matters of religion after FFRF objected to his appearance in a Fellowship of Christian Athletes promotional video. FFRF was made aware that a Central High School employee … More »

Religious display has been removed from Arvada, Co. high school (September 10, 2019)

9/10/2019 · A religious display has been removed from Pomona High School in Arvada after FFRF illuminated the issue. An area resident reported that a school resource officer at the district displayed a crucifix on the wall of his office. The complainant was made aware of this … More »

Graduation ceremonies will no longer play a religious song in Delano, Ca. (September 9, 2019)

9/9/2019 · A religious song will no longer be a part of graduation ceremonies at Delano Joint Union High School. A community member reported that Cesar E. Chavez High School’s Titan Choir has performed John Rutter’s 1981 composition “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” at commencement … More »

Staff programs will no longer include prayer in Plaquemine, La. (September 6, 2019)

9/6/2019 · Future Iberville Parish School Board staff programs will no longer include prayer, thanks to FFRF. A district community member reported that a school-sponsored graduation ceremony was organized to include an opening prayer from the Rev.Clyde McNell Sr., a pastor at the Pilgrim Baptist Church, and … More »

Church will no longer pray with public school students in Alabama (September 5, 2019)

9/5/2019 · A local church will no longer be allowed to pray with Alabama public school students during the school day, following an open records request from FFRF. A concerned local resident reported that members of the Westside Baptist Church in Tuscumbia had been permitted to enter … More »

Religious displays in a Missouri school district removed (September 4, 2019)

9/4/2019 · Several religious displays in a Missouri school district will be removed due to a letter of complaint from FFRF. A concerned Willard Public Schools parent reported multiple constitutional violations occurring in the district. The complainant reports that Willard Central Elementary School displayed multiple posters with … More »

Kentucky Elementary school stops promoting a religious event (September 4, 2019)

9/4/2019 · A flyer for a religious event has been removed from the Tyner (Ky.) Elementary School website and official Facebook page after FFRF alerted district leadership of its unconstitutionality. A community member reported that the school was advertising a release-time program sponsored by the Elgin Foundation … More »

Fresno district nixes chaplaincy program (September 4, 2019)

9/4/2019 · The Fresno Unified School District has replaced an official school chaplaincy program with a secular alternative after a complaint from FFRF. FFRF first contacted the district in June, after it was reported that the Fresno Unified School District had been operating a chaplaincy program in … More »

Texas district adds disclaimer to religious endorsement (August 29, 2019)

8/29/2019 · A Texas district will add disclaimers of district endorsement to advertising of religious events following a complaint from FFRF. It was reported to FFRF that, in May, Lubbock-Cooper High School advertised a baccalaureate service in its weekly newsletter. The advertisement quoted Psalm 16:8 and asked … More »

Annual religious event ceased at Michigan high school (August 27, 2019)

8/27/2019 · A Michigan public school district has ceased all involvement with an annual religious event after FFRF pointed out the constitutional issues with such a religious endorsement. The Mesick High School Marching Band reportedly performed the national anthem at the 18th annual “Blessing of the Jeeps” … More »

Religious decoration removed from Arkansas school cafeteria (August 26, 2019)

8/26/2019 · A religious decoration has been removed from a Springdale Public Schools cafeteria, thanks to a complaint from FFRF. A member of the Springdale community reported that a decorative Latin cross is displayed in the lunchroom at Linda Childers Knapp Elementary School, and apparently displayed in … More »

Christian organization no longer be given access to students (August 23, 2019)

8/23/2019 · A Christian organization will no longer be given access to students in a North Carolina district during the school day following intervention from FFRF. A Pitt County Schools parent reported that adults from WyldLife, a branch of Young Life, an organization whose goal is to … More »

Religious signs taken down from Miss. school (August 2, 2019)

8/2/2019 · In Mississippi, several religious signs have been removed from George County Schools property following FFRF’s intervention. A district community member reported to FFRF that signs displaying a Christian cross had appeared on several district properties. The signs feature a large cross next to the words … More »

Michigan school districts end ‘Conquerors’ visits (August 1, 2019)

8/1/2019 · Three Michigan districts will discontinue invitations to the infamous “Conquerors” after complaints that their assemblies amount to an unconstitutional endorsement of religion in public schools. FFRF Robert G. Ingersoll Legal Fellow Colin McNamara wrote letters to Constantine Public Schools, Schoolcraft Community Schools and Sturgis Public … More »

Religious photo removed from teacher’s desk (July 29, 2019)

7/29/2019 · A religious photo has been removed from an Illinois public school classroom following FFRF intervention. A Freeburg Community High School District 77 community member reported that a teacher at Freeburg High displayed a photo in her classroom that urged students to “Seek the Lord,” along … More »

Invocation, benediction removed from ceremony (July 24, 2019)

7/24/2019 · An annual benediction did not occur at a North Carolina public school graduation ceremony this year, due to a complaint from FFRF. An Elkin High School student reported that every year Elkin High School directs students to deliver an invocation and benediction as part of … More »

Indiana school district ends graduation prayers (July 19, 2019)

7/19/2019 · An Indiana school district has discontinued scheduling prayer at graduation ceremonies after a letter from FFRF Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne. A district community member reported that the South Vermillion High School graduation ceremony on May 25 featured a pre-scheduled Christian prayer. The ceremony’s written program … More »

Illinois township calls off Ark Encounter trip (July 2, 2019)

7/2/2019 · Scheduled trips to the Ark Encounter and other religious venues have been called off by an Illinois township following a letter of complaint from FFRF. A local resident reported that Frankfort Township recently sponsored a religiously themed trip that included visits to the Ark Encounter … More »

Missouri Community College Upholds the First Amendment (June 27, 2019)

6/27/2019 · A Missouri community college has reaffirmed its responsibility to uphold First Amendment rights after FFRF intervened. A concerned Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City employee reported to FFRF that Chancellor Kimberly Beatty’s inauguration ceremony, held on Aug. 24, was rife with preaching and prayer. Attendance … More »

Prayer Does Not Persist at School Athletic Event (June 27, 2019)

6/27/2019 · A California school district has taken steps to ensure scheduled prayer does not persist at school athletic events following intervention from FFRF. A concerned San Ramon Valley Unified School District parent reported that the two most recent California High men’s lacrosse banquets opened with a … More »

Loudspeaker Prayers Ended in Colorado (June 26, 2019)

6/26/2019 · Loudspeaker prayers at sporting events have been interrupted in Colorado by a letter of complaint from FFRF. A concerned resident reported that a Colorado High School Activities Association baseball game between Monarch High School and Regis Jesuit High School, as part of the Colorado High … More »

Georgia Chaplain Will no Longer Lead Prayers (June 25, 2019)

6/25/2019 · A Cedartown High School coach and an official team chaplain will cease leading prayers with the football team following a letter of complaint from FFRF. In March, Cedartown High School football coach Doyle Kelley delivered an alarming sermon at the Georgia Statehouse, where he discussed … More »

Basketball League Opened Regardless of Religious Affiliation in Illinois (June 20, 2019)

6/20/2019 · A city-sponsored basketball league in Charleston has been opened up to all men regardless of their religious affiliation, after FFRF complained about its exclusionary religious requirement. A local resident reported that the city of Charleston was offering a men’s church basketball league. The posting on … More »

Maryland county grants open to all nonprofits (June 20, 2019)

6/20/2019 · Any future Montgomery County, Md., grants will be open to all nonprofit organizations regardless of religious affiliation, after FFRF raised concerns with a recent initiative providing grant funds to faith-based facilities. A concerned taxpayer reported that, earlier this year, the county awarded $200,000 to a … More »

Ten Commandments plaque removed (June 19, 2019)

6/19/2019 · New Philadelphia City Schools has removed a 92-year-old Ten Commandments plaque from Welty Middle School after the FFRF lodged a complaint against the unconstitutional religious display. A concerned district parent had reported to FFRF that the school prominently displayed the plaque near its auditorium entrance. … More »

Police & Fire Department in Oklahoma Will Not Fundraise for Salvation Army (June 18, 2019)

6/18/2019 · Both the Claremore Police Department and Claremore Fire Department will no longer use official time and resources to fundraise for the Salvation Army after FFRF pointed out the unconstitutionality of such practices. A local Claremore resident informed FFRF that multiple police officers rang bells for … More »

Religious Groups No Longer Permitted on School Property in Idaho (June 18, 2019)

6/18/2019 · Supervisors and principals in the Post Falls School District have been reminded by FFRF that religious groups are not permitted to advertise on school property. A concerned parent informed FFRF that Real Life Ministries, a local church group, came to River City Middle School’s eighth-grade … More »

Religious Messages on Public Schools Social Media Halted (June 14, 2019)

6/14/2019 · A religious message has been removed from the Webbers Falls Public Schools Facebook page and website after intervention from FFRF. Multiple area residents reported that district Superintendent Dixie Swearingen posted a religious message on the district’s social media in response to catastrophic flood damage in … More »

Prayer Ended at Official School Events in Michigan (June 7, 2019)

7/7/2019 · After receiving a complaint letter from FFRF, a Michigan public school coach has pledged to cease including prayer at official school events. An Okemos Public Schools parent reported that a cheerleader awards banquet sponsored by the district began with a student delivering a prayer after … More »

Prayers at Texas school graduation won’t continue (May 31, 2019)

5/31/2019 · The Seguin Independent School District in Texas has altered its graduation ceremonies, to avoid its tradition of opening and closing with prayers led by students. A district parent informed FFRF that Seguin High School has a practice of scheduling opening and closing prayers at each … More »

Web-filtering service will not block the websites of minority religious groups (April 29, 2019)

5/29/2019 · Federal Hocking Local Schools has taken action to ensure its web-filtering service is not unconstitutionally blocking websites of minority religious groups. A district student reported that Federal Hocking Local Schools had been violating the rights of its students by blocking the websites of minority … More »

Religious advertisement removed from school’s social media (May 17, 2019)

5/17/2019 · Woodson School District #366 has removed a religious advertisement from its social media page after FFRF’s intervention. A district parent alerted FFRF to an advertisement for a religious baccalaureate event taking place at the Toronto Cowboy Church on the district’s official Facebook page. Legal … More »

Religious club moved outside of school hours (May 16, 2019)

5/16/2019 · A North Canton City Schools high school will move a religious club outside of school hours due to a complaint from FFRF. A concerned student has reported that outside preachers regularly attend meetings and preach Christianity to students during the school day as part … More »

Changes made to religious baccalaureate program (May 15, 2019)

5/15/2019 · Hamilton Community Schools will make changes to its current protocol regarding a religious baccalaureate program after FFRF intervention. A district parent informed FFRF that Hamilton Community Schools sponsored and promoted a baccalaureate ceremony for graduating seniors held at a local church. The event was … More »

Changes made to an annual prayer breakfast (May 14, 2019)

5/14/2019 · The city of New Hope is making changes to an annual prayer breakfast, addressing concerns brought to light by FFRF. A New Hope resident reported that each year the city hosts a “Community Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.” The event was reportedly sponsored by the city … More »

Religious music halted over school loudspeaker (May 14, 2019)

5/14/2019 · Alexander County Schools has ceased playing religious music over the school loudspeaker following a letter of complaint. A parent of a student at Bethlehem Elementary School said that employees regularly play Christian radio stations over the loudspeaker before school begins each day. Legal Fellow Chris … More »

Religious language revamped on field trip form (May 13, 2019)

5/13/2019 · Dodgeland School District has revamped its field trip form and policies after FFRF alerted officials to religious language. A concerned community member contacted FFRF to report that students and parents were asked to sign a religious statement in a list of rules related to … More »

Promotion on social media for church bulletin ended (May 10, 2019)

5/10/2019 · The Lemonade House Grille has discontinued a social media promotion for a free appetizer for presenting a church bulletin. Offering a church bulletin discount violates the federal Civil Rights Act as well as Oklahoma civil rights law, Associate Counsel Liz Cavell pointed out to … More »

Christian music will no longer be played in Colorado (May 6, 2019)

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

FFRF sues Congress for invocation discrimination (2019)

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

Teacher’s imposition of religion ended at elementary school (May 3, 2019)

5/3/2019 · FFRF’s intervention formalized an end to a teacher’s imposition of religion on her elementary school students in Birmingham. A concerned parent had informed FFRF that a first-grade teacher at Norwood Elementary School was leading her students in prayer every day before lunch. The teacher was … More »

Unconstitutional partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes remedied (May 3, 2019)

5/3/2019 · Forney Independent School District is taking several positive steps to remedy its unconstitutional partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). A community member reported that the district partnered with FCA, a private religious organization, to host a jointly-sponsored athletic event called the “FCA … More »

Religious activities ceased in high school football program (May 2, 2019)

5/2/2019 · Pueblo City Schools has been instructed to cease religious activities as part of its football program after insistence by FFRF. A concerned local resident reported that the East High School football team has a chaplain. An article published in the Pueblo Chieftain published last … More »

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