FFRF, local member boot church trailers from Arizona school (July 18, 2013)

The Freedom From Religion Foundation successfully removed church trailers covered in church advertisements from a public high school parking lot.

The church rents space from Vista Grande High School in Casa Grande, Ariz., on the weekends. The church was leaving its trailers, which are covered in church advertisements, in the school parking lot throughout the week.

A local FFRF member sent a letter to Casa Grande Union High School District Superintendent Shannon Goodsell on June 19. He outlined why it is inappropriate to give a church free space and advertising access to students at a public school.

FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel contacted Goodsell in a July 17 letter after the District ignored the FFRF member’s letter. He wrote that the trailers should only be present on school property during hours of rental.

“A reasonable observer would view the church’s permanent advertisement located on public school grounds as District endorsement not only for religion over nonreligion, but also Christianity over all other faiths.”

Goodsell responded the next day that the church removed their trailers.

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