Pa. school district won’t use religious speakers (February 24, 2022)

A Pennsylvania resident reported to FFRF that a speaker with a history of talking about his faith would be putting on an event at Downington Area School District.

A letter from FFRF Staff Attorney Maddy Ziegler reminded the school district that it is well settled that schools may not advance or promote religion. “Please note that the fact that this event takes place after school and participation is voluntary is not a valid safeguard,” Ziegler wrote. “Courts have summarily rejected arguments that voluntariness excuses a constitutional violation.”

The solicitor for the Pennsylvania school district has reassured FFRF that its intention is and will not be to endorse any religion.


Freedom From Religion Foundation