FFRF muffles proselytizing Christian rock band in West Virginia (March 9, 2012)

Lewis County Schools in Weston, W.Va., cancelled a Christian concert after receiving a letter of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Both the middle and high school in Lewis County were scheduled to interrupt instructional time to host the Jason Lovins Band, a Christian rock group with a clear mission to “take the focus off themselves and point it to the One they sing about.” Lovins has been known to give his own testimony during performances and frequently insists “life begins at conception.” Lovins “testifies” that he was conceived as the result of rape and warns students against abortion. The event was sponsored by a student Christian club, Youth Alive.

“We are concerned that this assembly will be utilized by the Youth Alive club and their guest to push their religious agenda and religious values on a captive audience of students,” wrote FFRF Staff Attorney Stephanie Schmitt in a letter to Superintendent J. Mace.

Schmitt received a response from the school on March 9. A representative of the school district confirmed that the middle school assembly was cancelled. While the high school assembly took place, “no religion was brought into the assembly.” The district assured Schmitt that it will “stay within the proper guidelines of separation of church and state.” 

Freedom From Religion Foundation