FFRF educates Wichita Falls school district (March 7, 2012)

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has confirmed that the Wichita Falls Independent School District (Texas) will no longer issue a sectarian prayer at mandatory staff events.

On top of condoning public prayer, the school district held its August convocation at the First Baptist Church. Local complainants informed FFRF that School Board President Reginald Blow delivered the sectarian prayer during the staff meeting and invoked the name of “Jesus.” All faculty and staff were required to attend this event. FFRF Staff Attorney Stephanie Schmitt initially wrote to Superintendent George Kazanas on Aug. 18, 2011: “It is grossly inappropriate for an official government meeting to be held in a religious place of worship. This practice forces employees, who may be of varying religions or have none at all, to enter a house of worship.”

Schmitt sent two more letters of complaint to Kazanas before receiving a reply.

In his March 7 response, Kazanas assured Schmitt that the school district intends to comply with the Constitution and that “future convocations will not include a prayer.” 

Freedom From Religion Foundation