FFRF returns religious email to Texas sender (Jan. 18, 2012)

The Freedom From Religion Foundation educated a Texas High School on the unconstitutionality of a school official sending religiously themed school emails.

“Count on God instead of yourself,” was the statement Klein Forest High School Assistant Principal Rene Milanizadeh included in an email to teachers on Nov. 18, 2011. She sent out a poem entitled “How to Observe Thanksgiving,” with the aforementioned sectarian sentence in the last line. FFRF Staff Attorney Stephanie Schmitt wrote to Milanizadeh on Dec. 20, pointing out the constitutional flaws with the overtly Christian email. Schmitt stated, “It is well settled that public schools may not advance or endorse religion.”

Ellen Spalding, the school district’s legal representative, responded to FFRF’s letter on Jan. 18: “Ms. Milanizadeh has expressed understanding of her duties and obligations with regard to this issue. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. . . KISD believes the matter to be resolved.” 

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