Good sign! Church advertisements removed from school property (July 9, 2014)

Church signs have been removed from school property in Castle Rock, Colo., and will no longer be displayed.

A concerned individual alerted the Freedom From Religion Foundation to the unconstitutional advertisements in front of Castle Rock Middle School and Castle View High School. The signs advertised Sunday morning worship at Eternal Rock Lutheran Church and Summit Church respectively. The churches rent from the school district, but have routinely left advertising banners up for months on school property.

FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote to Douglas County School District on July 8, informing the District of the constitutional violations.

Seidel explained that, “Public schools may not advance, prefer or promote religion. . . It is inappropriate for a church to display signage on a public school campus. Religious advertisements on public school grounds give the impression of District [preference] for that church.”

The following day the complainant confirmed that: “You guys are awesome — the signs are down now!”

Freedom From Religion Foundation