FFRF stops prayer in Hawaii middle school reading program (Oct. 31, 2014)

Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School in Honolulu will no longer allow a partner organization to pray with students after the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent them a letter.

The school holds “Family Reading for Success” events regularly. An attendee informed FFRF that a recent meeting opened with a sectarian prayer initiated by a nonprofit organization, Kula No Na Poe Hawaii, which partners with the school for the events.

“It is unlawful for any school-sponsored event, such as a meeting dedicated to student literacy, to include prayer,” wrote FFRF Staff Attorney Seidel in a letter to the Hawaii State Department of Education on Oct. 31.

The school’s principal responded the same day, informing FFRF that he had followed up with the community partner organization and reminded them that all school-sponsored events must remain prayer-free.

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