FFRF gets prayer removed from Conn. meetings (October 2023)

The Enfield Public Schools system has removed the offensive practice of opening its board meetings with a prayer after FFRF objected.

A community member reported to FFRF that members of the Enfield Board of Education regularly open meetings with prayer.

“It is beyond the scope of a public school board to schedule or conduct prayer as part of its meetings,” FFRF Equal Justice Works Fellow Kat Grant wrote to Board Chair Tina LeBlanc.

In response to FFRF’s diligent efforts, LeBlanc informed it of a policy change that directly addresses the concerns outlined in the letter.

LeBlanc emailed, “The Board of Ed met and changed our policy on what was formerly called the Invocation/Moment of Silence with a clear definition of the meaning.” Now, a moment of silence will be held instead without endorsing any particular religion, LeBlanc told FFRF.

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