Email signatures free from religion in Florida (May 2024)

Hillsborough County (Fla.) Public Schools employees will no longer be free to use their official email signatures to push religious beliefs on the community after FFRF took action.

A district community member contacted FFRF to report that an employee included a biblical reference in her official school email signature. The complainant reported that they received an email from a staff member that included a reference to “Psalm 46:5,” reading, “God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”

FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line wrote to the district and received a response from Jeffrey W. Gibson, legal representative for the district. “As of today, March 19, 2024, the personalized content has been removed by the district employee,” Gibson wrote. Additionally, Gibson informed that the district finalized procedures to ensure uniformity of the content of email signature blocks across all employees of the district.

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