Opening prayers at W.Va. school board halted (January 27, 2023)

The Summers County School Board in W.Va. will no longer open school board meetings with prayer after FFRF responded to a district resident’s complaint.

FFRF was notified that the board had been opening meetings with prayer. The prayers were reportedly undeniably Christian in nature, and being delivered by members of the school board.

“We write to request that the Board immediately cease opening its meetings with prayer in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line wrote to Summers County Board of Education President Greg Angell.

FFRF received a letter from Angell in late January, stating that, “The Summers County Board of Education does not institute or schedule prayer during its meetings.”


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