Denton (TX) will remain neutral on religion (February 5, 2019)

Religious rituals will not be included in district-sponsored meetings in the Denton Independent School District anymore.

A district employee contacted FFRF to report that the district invited a religious leader from Morse Street Baptist Church to give a Christian prayer at the staff Christmas party at Thomas Rivera Elementary. The complainant reported that this was a district-sponsored event and that the school principal made clear to all employees that they were intended to be in attendance.

Associate Counsel Sam Grover wrote to ensure that no prayer is scheduled at district-sponsored events.

Superintendent of Schools Jamie Wilson responded to FFRF’s letters with assurances that they would investigate the situation and “in doing so all of our employees will be educated that prayers during mandatory training programs and staff meetings presents the message that school district decisively endorses a particular religious position.”

Freedom From Religion Foundation