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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 »

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 »

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 »

Religious iconography removed from library website in Tennessee (May 1, 2019)

5/1/2019 · The Blount County Public Library has removed religious iconography from its website. The complainant reported that the library had three Latin crosses on its website and on a computer inside of the library used to search its catalog. Legal Fellow Chris Line wrote to … More »

Large bible verse painting removed from school property (April 29, 2019)

4/29/2019 · A large bible verse painting has been removed from Muroc Joint Unified School District property after FFRF intervened. A concerned parent reported that Desert Junior/Senior High School had a bible verse painted on a retaining wall near the main office. The verse cited was … More »

Baccalaureate services and prayers dropped at commencement (April 29, 2019)

4/29/2019 · The Clymer Central School District agreed to drop baccalaureate services and prayers at commencements after FFRF asked it to end the unconstitutional practices. A concerned Clymer resident contacted FFRF to report that the district had been sponsoring an annual baccalaureate service for graduating seniors … More »

Prayer halted at school board meetings in California (April 26, 2019)

4/26/2019 · A concerned Clovis Unified School District parent reported that the district was opening its board meetings with prayer. According to the parent, board meeting agendas included an “invocation” which is “invariably a Christian prayer,” led by a board member. FFRF Associate Counsel Liz Cavell … More »

Four crosses removed from state property (April 26, 2019)

4/26/2019 · Four crosses in Marshall have been removed from state property after FFRF drew attention to the unconstitutionality of such a display. A Marshall resident reported that there was a roadside memorial consisting of four illuminated Latin crosses on I-94. These crosses had reportedly been … More »

Religious displays were removed from the inmate law library in Virginia (April 25, 2019)

4/25/2019 · Multiple religious displays were removed from the inmate law library at Coffeewood Correctional Facility in Mitchells due to a complaint from FFRF. Multiple concerned inmates told FFRF that the facility had erected a large Christian-themed display in the law library, including a prominent Ten Commandments … More »

Religious sign removed from courthouse window (April 24, 2019)

4/24/2019 · A religious sign was removed from a courthouse window at the Benton District courthouse following FFRF’s complaint. A Benton community member reported that a sign hung in the window that read: “WE ALL FAIL. WE ALL FALL. BUT JESUS PICKS US UP EACH TIME … More »

High school will forego prayer at graduations in Minnesota (April 24, 2019)

4/24/2019 · Fulda High School’s decided, after hearing from FFRF, to forego prayer at high school graduation this year in favor of a valedictorian speech and a nonreligious moment of silence. A concerned Fulda Independent School District community member reported to FFRF that the 2019 high … More »

Religious advertisement from the front entrance of school (April 22, 2019)

4/22/2019 · Davis Elementary School in Marietta has removed a religious advertisement from the front entrance from the school after FFRF sent a letter of complaint. A Cobb County School District parent reported that the school was promoting a religious organization called “RISE UP!” by displaying … More »

Coach will no longer promote religion to his team (April 22, 2019)

4/22/2019 · The Animas Public Schools high school basketball coach who was violating the Constitution resigned after FFRF alerted the school district. A concerned community member reported to FFRF that the head coach of the Animas High School boys basketball team was promoting religion to his … More »

Biology teacher will no longer promote Christianity to students (April 19, 2019)

4/19/2019 · A concerned parent reported that a biology teacher at Daviess County High School was regularly promoting Christianity to students, including showing videos of sermons in class. At least one of these videos, reviewed by FFRF, showed a bloodied Jesus hanging on the cross while … More »

Godly broadcast removed from Pennsylvania school district (April 17, 2019)

4/17/2019 · A Pennsylvania school district has removed a godly broadcast tagged on to the Pledge of Allegiance after hearing from FFRF. A concerned Springfield School District parent informed FFRF that Sabold Elementary School had been proclaiming “God Bless America” over the loudspeaker following the Pledge of … More »

Atheist gives a secular invocation in Kansas (April 15, 2019)

4/15/2019 · The Sedgwick County Board of Commissioners has agreed to let an atheist give a secular invocation following FFRF’s challenge to its original denial of the request. A Sedgwick County resident told FFRF he had been denied the opportunity to present an invocation before the … More »

Baccalaureate removed in Georgia (April 11, 2019)

4/11/2019 · A concerned Henry County (Ga.) Schools employee reported that Union Grove High School organizes, endorses and advertises a baccalaureate for its seniors each year. Faculty members reportedly often speak at the event and met with students during the school day to organize it. The … More »

Ohio school will hold future events at secular locations (April 11, 2019)

4/11/2019 · Dalton Local Schools has been instructed by its attorneys to hold future events at secular locations, thanks to FFRF. A local resident reported that the Dalton High School Choralation group performed at Cornerstone Community Church and previously performed at the Dalton United Methodist Church during … More »

Religious club will no longer be promoted by a teacher (April 5, 2019)

4/5/2019 · FFRF resolved multiple constitutional violations in Jefferson County Schools after a district community member alerted FFRF to ongoing violations in the district. The complainant reported that Clay-Chalkville High School promoted a “See You at the Pole” event to its students. The school reportedly included a … More »

Missouri coaches cease praying with students (April 1, 2019)

4/1/2019 · Wrestling coaches in Jackson County R-II School District have been instructed to cease praying with students, after receiving a letter from FFRF. A concerned citizen contacted FFRF to report that Jackson Senior High School wrestling coaches regularly pray with their team. Photos shared on the … More »

Gideons will no longer be allowed in Kentucky classroom (March 25, 2019)

3/25/2019 · The Webster County School District in Dixon, Ky., has instructed school administrators to contact the school board and discuss any requests regarding religious materials following a visit by the Gideons to the district. A Clay Elementary School parent reported that on Nov. 28, the school … More »

Latin cross has been removed from New Mexico county building (March 25, 2019)

3/25/2019 · Following a complaint by FFRF, a Latin cross has been removed from a county building in Carlsbad, N.M. A local resident reported that a cross was displayed prominently in the Eddy County Clerk Office, a location that was used for early voting in October of … More »

Religion taken off health curriculum in Arkansas (March 22, 2019)

3/22/2019 · The Arkansas Department of Education has followed a recommendation from FFRF in ensuring the removal of religious promotion from its online health curriculum. FFRF wrote a letter of complaint to the district expressing the concerns of a parent of an Arkansas public high school student … More »

Mississippi school district removes religious displays (March 22, 2019)

3/22/2019 · A Mississippi school district has removed unconstitutional religious iconography from its schools, following a recommendation from FFRF. A Lee County Schools community member reported to FFRF multiple displays promoting religion in areas of Saltillo Elementary School frequented by students and community members on school business. … More »

Georgia high school coach will no longer pray with team (March 19, 2019)

3/19/2019 · At Peach County Schools in Georgia, administrators have pledged to educate coaches on expectations regarding First Amendment requirements, thanks to a letter from FFRF. A local resident reported that the Peach County High School football coach had been praying with his team. FFRF Legal Fellow … More »

School halts school-sponsored religious endorsement (March 14, 2019)

3/14/2019 · Loudspeaker prayer will not continue in United Local Schools after FFRF alerted the district to the unconstitutionality of such school-sponsored religious endorsement. A concerned parent reported that a prayer was broadcast over the loudspeaker prior to a United High School basketball game. The complainant reports … More »

School will not force students to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance (March 11, 2019)

3/11/2019 · A parent contacted FFRF to report that an elementary school principal in Alton was forcing a young student to participate in the Pledge of Allegiance. Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne contacted the district superintendent and received assurances that the student would be allowed to sit … More »

Duplin County has addressed concerns over constitutional violation (March 8, 2019)

3/8/2019 · The Duplin County School District has taken action to address concerns over constitutional violations in its district after FFRF received reports that the Wallace-Rose High School football coach led his team in prayer during team activities. FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott wrote to Superintendent Austin … More »

Arkansas school will not be exposed to religious promotion (March 8, 2019)

3/8/2019 · Student athletes in Panama City Schools will not be exposed to religious promotion during official school events, following intervention from FFRF. The Panama High School football team reportedly attended a football “team” camp at Hackett High School in Arkansas. At the camp, the players were … More »

Scheduled prayer ends in Georgia (March 7, 2019)

3/7/2019 · Scheduled prayer has ceased at Lowndes County (Ga.) School Board meetings after persistent pressure from FFRF. A concerned Lowndes County Schools parents first reported more than a year ago that the Lowndes County Board of Education begins all of its meetings with a scheduled prayer. … More »

Cobb County police department will avoid constitutional violations (March 7, 2019)

3/7/2019 · The name of a Cobb County Police Department-sponsored public event series has changed from “Faith Forums” to “Community Forums” after pressure from FFRF. Multiple community members in Marietta, Ga., informed FFRF that CCPD was sponsoring “Faith Forums,” which apparently function as community forums intended to … More »

Teacher-led religious club disbanded in a Texas (March 5, 2019)

3/5/2019 · An unconstitutional, teacher-led religious club was disbanded in a Texas district following FFRF’s persistent interference. A local community member reported that a teacher at C.C. Hardy Elementary School had been organizing, promoting and leading “Kats for Christ,” an explicitly Christian club, at the school. In addition … More »

FFRF stops New Jersey grants to repair churches (March 4, 2019)

3/4/2019 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and member David Steketee filed a lawsuit Dec. 1, 2015, in New Jersey state court against Morris County and county officials, challenging public grants of tax dollars to repair or maintain churches. FFRF with Steketee, a taxpayer in Morris … More »

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