FFRF pulls the plug on religious displays in California hospital (Sept. 17, 2012)

A public hospital in Hollister, Calif., will no longer allow Christian prayers and verses to be displayed on its walls, after a complaint by Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Hazel Hawkins Hospital formerly displayed Christian prayers, including a plaque entitled “Nurse’s Prayer” on the wall of the Medical Surgical Unit.

In a June 26 letter, FFRF Staff Attorney Stephanie Schmitt warned, “Government-run hospitals have a constitutional obligation to remain neutral toward religion.”

On Sept. 17, FFRF received assurance from hospital management that they “have taken all appropriate actions to address the areas identified and respect constitutional rights of all employees.”

Freedom From Religion Foundation