Taking care of business in Lone Star state (November 13, 2017)

A couple of community members contacted FFRF to report that two constitutional violations took place within the Corpus Christi Independent School District. After a Miller High School football game in Corpus Christi, Texas, players and coaches had congregated in the middle of the field to recite the “Lord’s Prayer.”

FFRF was also informed that teachers at Woodlawn Elementary took students on a field trip to a pumpkin patch at Asbury United Methodist Church. After exploring the patch, the students were gathered for a proselytizing storytime session, led by a church volunteer who read books that included pictures of pumpkins decorated with the Latin cross and a “Jesus fish.” Students were told that the cross represented Jesus, that Jesus died on the cross for everyone’s sins, that Jesus is “our Messiah” and other Christian stories.

In a letter to the school district, FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover warned the district superintendent against the constitutional violations.

On Nov. 13, a letter from a legal representative of the district informed FFRF that the principals and administrators had been reminded of the policies and laws of the school district.

Freedom From Religion Foundation