FFRF gives Alabama school lesson on law (August 28, 2017)

An Alabama school district will not be promoting religious events, thanks to FFRF’s involvement.

FFRF was informed that Fairview High School in Cullman, Ala., had used its televised morning announcements to advertise a religious event, the “Decide” Youth Rally, which took place in January at the public school. The event was also mentioned in the school’s morning announcements for several days leading up to the event, including one with a promotional video from a pastor speaking at the event.

FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line wrote to Cullman County Schools Superintendent Shane Barnette Aug. 28 informing him that the advertisements had impermissibly entangled the school and district with a religious viewpoint and violated the principle of state and church separation.

The schools superintendent responded Aug. 28 to inform FFRF that he would address the violation appropriately with the administration and ensure that the law was followed in the future.

Freedom From Religion Foundation