FFRF ends Calif. school district’s participation in Catholic school’s pre-game prayers (Dec. 3, 2014)

The Marin County Athletic League, which includes public and private schools, will no longer allow a Catholic school to impose prayers on public school attendees thanks to the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote a letter Feb. 25, 2014, to the Tamalpais Union High School District, which participates in the league. Justin-Siena Catholic High School, another league participant, regularly had a priest offer a prayer before games held on their campus.

“It is completely inappropriate for official Tamalpais Union High School District athletic events to compel public student athletes to participate in or show obeisance to religious exercises at the behest of a private Catholic school,” wrote Seidel.

Marin County Athletic League Commissioner Susie Woodall responded on Dec. 3, informing FFRF that the Catholic school was prohibited from engaging in organized prayer prior to athletic events.

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