Calif. school district nixes Christian music (November 2023)

The Enterprise Elementary School District in Redding, Calif., has taken action after hearing from FFRF about keeping Christian pop music out of mandatory assemblies.

A concerned district member reported that Parsons Junior High School held a mandatory assembly for students and staff where the principal played the Christian music video “Joy” by King and Country, a Christian pop band.

FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line wrote to Superintendent Heather Armelino to point out the problem. Shortly thereafter, Armelino informed the state/church watchdog that the principal had chosen the song as a reminder of expectations for positive behaviors, but Armelino then reminded the principal to maintain religious neutrality at school.

Freedom From Religion Foundation