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FFRF stops prayers at football games in Ohio (November 2023)

FFRF convinced the Symmes Valley Local School District in Ohio to no longer broadcast prayers over the loudspeaker at football games. A district parent reported that a football scrimmage in August included an adult-led Christian prayer prior to the national anthem. Everyone in attendance was asked to stand for the prayer. Upon being informed of the constitutional violation, FFRF took action. Public school events must be free of religion and welcoming to all in order to protect the freedom of conscience of all students, FFRF Legal Fellow Sammi Lawrence wrote to Superintendent Greg Bowman. “Prior to the next home game, we will direct the PA announcer that he is to refrain from leading prayer henceforth and will also ask for his assistance in relaying that refrain to other adults that may be in the press box — I expect his full cooperation,” Bowman responded.