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FFRF and Parkersburg residents sue to stop City Council Prayer

8/1/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and two local members filed suit on July 31, 2018, against the City of Parkersburg, W.Va., in a challenge to the City Council’s practice of reciting the “Lord’s Prayer” at each meeting. Parkersburg residents Eric Engle and Daryl Cobranchi assert … More »

FFRF and coalition sue to remove Arkansas Ten Commandments monument

5/23/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation and a coalition of plaintiffs filed a lawsuit on May 23, 2018, against Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin seeking the removal of a massive Ten Commandments structure from the grounds of the Arkansas Capitol. FFRF and its co-plaintiffs assert … More »

Police Department in Missouri removes religious decal (April 23, 2018)

4/23/2018 · Where: Viburnum Police Department. Violation: The department placed a bumper sticker on a government patrol car reading, “2 Chronicles 7:14.” Outcome: The city responded on April 23 informing FFRF that the department had removed the sticker. FFRF attorney who handled the case: Patrick Elliott. … More »

Basketball coaches won't institute team prayers (April 20, 2018)

4/20/2018 · Where: Dillard Drive Middle School in Raleigh. Violation: The boys basketball coaches had instituted team prayers. Outcome: An attorney representing Wake County Public Schools responded to FFRF on April 20, writing that it addressed the violation. FFRF attorney who handled the case: Patrick Elliott. … More »

Basketball coaches won't pray with students in Kentucky (April 17, 2018)

4/17/2018 · Where: East Carter and West Carter high schools. Violation: Basketball coaches from both schools joined hands in a prayer circle with their teams and cheerleaders after a basketball game. An image of the two teams praying with their coaches was posted on the West Carter … More »

Alabama kindergarten teacher won't lead class in prayer (April 17, 2018)

4/17/2018 · Where: Snow Rogers Elementary School in Birmingham. Violation: A kindergarten teacher led her class in prayer. Outcome: An attorney representing the district responded on April 17 to assure FFRF that the principal had discussed the situation with the teacher and that there would not be a … More »

New Hampshire science teacher won't guide students in prayer (April 16, 2018)

4/16/2018 · Where: Milford High School in Milford. Violation: A science teacher had been guiding her students in prayer. Outcome: On April 16, Superintendent Robert Marquis reported to FFRF that the principal reiterated the seriousness of the accusation to the teacher and reminded her to refrain from having … More »

Guest speaker won't return to proselytize in Missouri high school (April 11, 2018)

4/11/2018 · Where: Bolivar High School. Violation: The high school had invited Bob Holmes to give a presentation to its student body during school hours at the school. Holmes took several opportunities to preach his Christian faith to the students. He was also accompanied by representatives of … More »

Sign that advertises church services on school property taken down in Colorado (April 11, 2018)

4/11/2018 · Where: North Arvada Middle School in Golden. Violation: The school, which rents its auditorium to a local church on Sundays, posted a sign that stayed up throughout the school week on its property that advertises the church’s services. Outcome: The district responded on April 11, assuring … More »

Illinois school will not hand out creationist flyers to elementary students (April 5, 2018)

4/5/2018 · Where: Central Grade School in Effingham. Violation: Effingham Community School Board President Jeff Michael arranged for Christ’s Church, where he is a pastor, to give a presentation about dinosaurs to students. Elementary-aged students were handed flyers promoting a weekend event, a presentation was hosted by … More »

Prayers during pep rallies would end and at Arkansas school (April 5, 2018)

4/5/2018 · Where: Crossett High School in Crossett. Violation: School staff had been scheduling prayer as a part of the annual pre-homecoming pep rally. School faculty were also involved in “See You at the Pole,” a Christian-oriented prayer rally. Outcome: A legal representative of the district responded on … More »

Religious structures removed from public property (April 3, 2018)

4/3/2018 · A concerned area resident reported to FFRF that each year during the holiday season, the city of Dover, Ohio, was displaying a nativity scene along with a large Latin cross on city property. FFRF was also informed that there is a Ten Commandments monument that … More »

Christian missionary group won't wash feet of students (April 3, 2018)

4/3/2018 · Where: Rose Garden Elementary in Schertz. Violation: The school had scheduled an event where the Christian missionary group Samaritan’s Foot would give shoes and socks to students and then wash the students’ feet. Outcome: On April 3, the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD responded, informing FFRF that the … More »

High school still stop broadcasting prayer during morning announcements (March 29, 2018)

3/29/2018 · Where: Wayne County High School. Violation: The high school was broadcasting prayer over its public announcement system to students during the morning announcements. Outcome: Superintendent Marlon Davis responded to FFRF to inform it that the principal of Wayne County High School has been directed to cease … More »

Illinois coaches won't participate in prayers (March 27, 2018)

3/27/2018 · Where: Okaw Valley High School. Violation: Coaches of the high school basketball team were participating in prayers with their students. Outcome: “We have shared your concern with the athletic director,” Superintendent Kent Stauder wrote to FFRF in response. “We reinforced that this type of activity could … More »

Preacher won't be allowed to lead public school students in prayer (March 23, 2018)

3/23/2018 · Where: Woodbine Elementary School in Kingsland. Violation: A Black History Month assembly held for students at Woodbine Elementary School in Kingsland, Ga., this February opened with a preacher leading the children in prayer. The preacher had been introduced by the school principal. Outcome: On March 23, … More »

No more coach prayers (March 22, 2018)

3/22/2018 · An Ohio high school basketball coach will no longer be leading his team in pre-game prayers thanks to FFRF. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that Unioto High School basketball coach Matt Hoops was leading his team in prayer before games. An article in a … More »

Florida police department takes down religious ad on social media (March 22, 2018)

3/22/2018 · Where: Cape Coral Police Department. Violation: A story titled “When God created police officers” was posted to the department’s Facebook page. The fictitious story described a conversation between “the lord” and an angel and was meant to mimic the biblical creation story portrayed in the … More »

Alabama school halts prayers before assemblies and ceremonies (March 22, 2018)

3/22/2018 · Where: West Point High School in Cullman. Violation: The school was scheduling prayers before assemblies and ceremonies. The prayers were typically led by the principal or student. Outcome: Superintendent Shane Barnette responded on March 22, informing FFRF that he discussed the issues with the responsible staff … More »

Football coach won't be leading his team in prayer in Ohio (March 21, 2018)

3/21/2018 · FFRF has also ended unconstitutional prayers in the Sidney, Ohio, school district. After receiving multiple complaints that Sidney City Schools was regularly scheduling and promoting prayer at school-sponsored events and activities, FFRF took action to end the violations. It was reported that the district’s football coach … More »

Texas teachers will end prayer practice (March 21, 2018)

3/21/2018 · Where: Leadership Academy in Tyler. Violation: Teachers within the school had established a prayer practice that was taking place each day before lunch. Allegedly, every day a teacher was selecting a student to lead the prayer or else a teacher was leading the prayer. Outcome: On … More »

Texas schools halts Bible reading during the morning announcements (March 20, 2018)

3/20/2018 · Where: Houston Independent School District. Violation: The principal of the district’s Energized for STEM Academy adopted a policy of including a bible reading during the morning announcements each day. The chosen bible passages were read directly by either the principal or another school employee over … More »

Evangelism ends at Ohio School (March 16, 2018)

3/16/2018 · The Indian Creek School District also will not be imposing religion on its students after FFRF received a report on a serious First Amendment violation. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that Indian Creek Middle School had been allowing a local pastor onto its campus … More »

Washing of feet ceremony even cancelled (March 16, 2018)

3/16/2018 · FFRF initially wrote in early March to Indian Creek School District about a March 19 event at Hills Elementary School in Wintersville, Ohio, where representatives from Samaritan’s Feet were scheduled to give shoes and socks to students and then wash the students’ feet. The washing … More »

FFRF Sues Kentucky Jail for Records Related to “Night of Prayer”

3/14/2018 · FFRF is suing a Kentucky county jail for failing to comply with the Kentucky Open Records Act. On October 6, 2017, FFRF requested records from Laurel County Jailer Jamie Mosley related to a "Night of Prayer" held at Laurel County Correctional Center (LCCC) on August … More »

Wyoming teachers will avoid involvement in team prayer (March 14, 2018)

3/14/2018 · Where: Star Valley and Green River high schools. Violation: Football coaches from both teams knelt with students in the field and prayed for injured players. Outcome: A legal representative of the district responded on March 14, informing FFRF that all coaches in the district were reminded … More »

School in Kentucky reminded that team prayer must voluntary and student-led (March 14, 2018)

3/14/2018 · Where: University of Louisville. Violation: The women’s basketball coach, Jeff Waltz, was leading his players in the Lord’s Prayer. Outcome: On March 14, the university responded assuring FFRF that the coaches and staff had been reminded that team prayer must be voluntary and student-led. FFRF attorney who … More »

Kindergarten teacher in Georgia won't proselytize to students (March 12, 2018)

3/12/2018 · Where: Youth Elementary School in Monroe. Violation: A kindergarten teacher had been teaching her students that God lives up in heaven, that Christmas is God’s birthday and that Jesus is the boss of everybody. Outcome: Superintendent Nathan Franklin responded to FFRF on March 12, writing that … More »

Assembly not required: Prayers ended in school (March 5, 2018)

3/5/2018 · FFRF has remedied unconstitutional Christian proselytization at a South Carolina high school. In December, Fox Creek High School in Columbia, S.C., held an assembly for all boys in the school in response to vandalism incidents. A school janitorial staff member — who is also a … More »

Religious plaque removed from courthouse (March 5, 2018)

3/5/2018 · After hearing from FFRF, a Minnesota county on March 5 removed a Ten Commandments plaque that was long on display in one of its courthouses. It was brought to FFRF's attention that Saint Louis County was prominently displaying a plaque that contained the Ten Commandments … More »

FFRF gets school to run away from prayer walk (February 28, 2018)

2/28/2018 · After a concerned parent contacted FFRF about religious promotion at a school in Mendenhall, Miss., action was taken to remedy the violation. It was reported that the principal of Mendenhall Jr. High School used a recorded message before the start of the school year to … More »

Bad Axe High School chops religious club (February 28, 2018)

2/28/2018 · FFRF has reminded a Michigan school of its obligation not to promote or endorse religion after being alerted that a teacher at Bad Axe High School was hosting a Christian “breakfast club” in her classroom every Thursday morning. A Facebook page for the club, which … More »

With one stroke, FFRF removes N.C. painting (February 22, 2018)

2/22/2018 · FFRF has gotten a brazenly religious work of art removed from a North Carolina courthouse. A Cleveland County resident informed FFRF that a large painting had been installed in the main corridor of the Cleveland County Courthouse depicting a Latin cross and an ichthys, also … More »

FFRF tackles coach-led prayers in Alabama (February 21, 2018)

2/21/2018 · FFRF has ensured that a coach at a school in Bayminatte, Ala., will no longer be leading his team in prayer. FFRF was informed that this past September, a football player was injured during an Elberta High School football game. Following the injury, Coach Kenny … More »

Oklahoma football team doesn’t have a prayer (February 19, 2018)

2/19/2018 · FFRF has remedied a constitutional violation taking place within an Oklahoma City school district. It was reported to FFRF by a concerned area resident that Putnam City High School had been including religion in its football program. The Rev. Mike Keahbone was allegedly leading the … More »

One more stop: Utah bus driver ends proselytizing (February 16, 2018)

2/16/2018 · A concerned parent reported to FFRF that a bus driver for Helen M. Knight Elementary School, part of the Grand County School District on Moab, Utah, passed out proselytizing gifts to students on her bus. The gifts included candy and bookmarks with bible quotes … More »

Florida district removes unsightly plaques (February 15, 2018)

2/15/2018 · Thanks to FFRF, religious messages have been removed from a Florida school. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that plaques had been posted in all school buildings in the Dixie County Schools District listing four district goals, the last of which is to “Serve … More »

Texas Good News Club gets bad news (February 13, 2018)

2/13/2018 · A concerned family member of a student of Wichita Falls Independent School District in Irving, Texas, reported to FFRF that there was a prominent display advertising the Good News Club — a religious club — in Fain Elementary School. The advertisement indicated that the … More »

FFRF stands up for New Jersey students (February 12, 2018)

2/12/2018 · FFRF has protected students’ rights of conscience at a New Jersey high school. A student reported to FFRF that an East Brunswick High School teacher singled the student out to talk about why they were not standing for the Pledge of Allegiance, and threatened … More »

Texas school gets versed in Constitution (February 12, 2018)

2/12/2018 · It was reported to FFRF that a teacher at a Texas elementary school was regularly quoting bible verses to his students. At Stafford Elementary’s fourth-grade graduation ceremony last June, the teacher allegedly took the microphone and announced that he regularly was telling his students … More »

Club discontinued in Arkansas district (February 9, 2018)

2/9/2018 · A concerned parent of a Bentonville Public Schools student informed FFRF that a woman, Esther Seim, was leading a Fellowship of Christian Athletes group for students of Osage Creek Elementary School and Creekside Middle School in Bentonville, Ark. FCA was reportedly organized and run … More »

See You at the Pole? Not if you work for school (February 7, 2018)

2/7/2018 · FFRF has reminded a Louisiana school district of its legal obligation to refrain from promoting religion. A concerned Ouachita Parish School System member contacted FFRF to report that East Ouachita Middle School in Monroe, La., hosted a “See You at the Pole” event — a … More »

Emergency! Crosses come off rescue vehicles (February 6, 2018)

2/6/2018 · A concerned resident reported to FFRF that Palm Beach County in Florida had been displaying Latin crosses on its fire trucks and ambulances to commemorate fallen firefighters and EMTs. FFRF wrote to the county on Jan. 19 emphasizing that while it has no objection … More »

FFRF coaches schools on coach-led prayer (February 6, 2018)

2/6/2018 · FFRF stopped constitutional violations that nearly took place in three high schools in a Florida school district. It was reported to FFRF that the Gainesville High School, Eastside High School and Buchholtz High School football teams were scheduled to attend a Fellowship of Christian … More »

Nebraska coaches won't lead prayer before banquet (February 5, 2018)

2/5/2018 · Where: Blair High School. Violation: During an end-of-the-season banquet this past October, two cross country coaches delivered a Christian prayer as a blessing for the food. Outcome: Blair Community Schools Superintendent Rex Pfei responded to FFRF’s concern on Feb. 5, reporting that he had addressed the … More »

Georgia Marching Band performances remove overtly Christian theme (February 5, 2018)

2/5/2018 · Where: Rome High School. Violation: The school’s marching band chose a Christian worship theme for 2017. The performance was called “Alleluia!” It featured stained-glass church windows as props and included flags with the names of multiple books from the bible written on them. The musical … More »

Juvenile detention facility will no longer force children to attend church services (January 31, 2018)

1/31/2018 · Violation: A county Circuit Court judge was conducting a Christian church service in the county juvenile detention facility. He is one of only two juvenile court judges in the county, and many of the children in the facility are serving a sentence that the … More »

Florida Mayors office will not promote National Day of Prayer (January 30, 2018)

1/30/2018 · Where: Auburndale. Violation: The mayor’s office held an event for the National Day of Prayer at the Auburndale Civic Center. The city organized the event, distributed advertisement flyers and sold tickets. Outcome: In a response received Jan. 30, the city assured FFRF that it would refrain … More »

Missouri school stops teaching creationism (January 29, 2018)

1/29/2018 · Where: Smith-Hale Middle School in Kansas City. Violation: A seventh-grade science teacher was reportedly teaching creationism. Outcome: Superintendent Yolanda Cargile replied to FFRF: “All teachers are expected to teach prescribed curriculum and are not allowed to develop and teach curriculum outside of what has been approved … More »

School takes down religious decorations in Texas (January 23, 2018)

1/28/2018 · Where: Sunray Independent School District. Violation: The district hosted a Christmas open house that featured elaborate holiday-themed wall decorations throughout the building, including hallway walls and classroom doors. Outcome: Superintendent Marshall Harrison recently responded, assuring FFRF that Sunray ISD employees will be briefed on not promoting … More »

FFRF & CREW sue over Ben Carson FOIA violations

1/26/2018 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit against Secretary Ben Carson's Department of Housing and Urban Development for dodging records requests relating to a White House bible study. FFRF, a state/church watchdog, has teamed up with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a … More »

Prayers will no longer be broadcasted over the loudspeaker (January 21, 2018)

1/21/2018 · Where: Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, Tenn. Violation: Prayers were being broadcasted over the loudspeaker prior to football games. Outcome: The district attorney responded by phone on Jan. 21 informing FFRF that he told the athletic board he would be retraining school administrators regarding their … More »

"Worship night" event will no longer be promoted by school employees (January 19, 2018)

1/19/2018 · Where: Woodmont High School in Greenville, South Carolina. Violation: The school had scheduled “worship night” on a Sunday evening as part of “spirit week” activities. The event had been coordinated and promoted by school staff members. Outcome: On Jan. 19, an attorney representing the school district … More »

New Mexico college removes crosses (January 19, 2018)

1/19/2018 · Where: New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs. … More »

Illinois football coaches cease praying with players (January 19, 2018)

1/19/2018 · Where: East Alton-Wood River High School in Wood River. Violation: Football coaches were regularly participating in prayers with their students. A Facebook post from this past September pictured several coaches praying during a football game with players from both East Alton-Wood River and Dupo high … More »

Bible verse on T-shirts banned from band (January 19, 2018)

1/19/2018 · FFRF has remedied several state/church violations within a Missouri public school after receiving multiple complaints from area residents regarding school employees at Buffalo High School promoting religion. It was reported that the band director of the school’s marching band included a bible verse on the … More »

Iowa church does not receive property tax exemption (January 17, 2018)

1/17/2018 · Where: Des Moines County. Violation: The County Board of Supervisors was planning to vote on waiving a property tax exemption deadline for Harmony Bible Church. (It was also reported that Board Chairman Bob Beck said, “I’ve never gotten in trouble for saying it, but I … More »

Virginia school will no longer list church events on calendar (January 16, 2018)

1/16/2018 · Where: Dominion High School in Ashburn, Virginia. Violation: The school was regularly listing the worship services of Grace Covenant Church on the school calendar of events. Outcome: The district responded on Jan. 16 informing FFRF that church services were removed from the school calendar of events. FFRF … More »

Kentucky school won't allow bibles to be handed out to students (January 11, 2018)

1/11/2018 · Where: South Hopkins Middle School in Nortonville. … More »

California high school halts field trip to religious location (January 11, 2018)

1/11/2018 · Where: Dixie School District in San Rafael. Violation: The district was planning a field trip for all its fifth-graders to Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds, a religious location. The management of the site states that its mission is to provide a place “where our guests meet … More »

Ohio football coaches stop praying with team (January 10, 2018)

1/10/2018 · Where: Celina High School. Violation: The high school football team and its coaching staff prayed with the St. Mary’s High School football team after a game this past fall. Celina High School’s head coach, Brennen Bader, encouraged his players to participate. Outcome: On Jan. 10, an … More »

Pennsylvania high school coaches stop praying with students (January 9, 2018)

1/9/2018 · Where: Cocalico and Solanco school districts in Lancaster County. Violation: After a football game between the two schools this past November, the coaches gathered their teams together in the middle of the field to say a prayer. Outcome: FFRF was informed on Jan. 9 that the … More »

Nativity scene removed from Ohio government property (January 9, 2018)

1/9/2018 · Where: Portage County Courthouse in Ravenna, Ohio. … More »

Washington coach will no longer pray with students (January 8, 2018)

1/8/2018 · Where: Waitsburg High School. Violation: The boys’ basketball coach, Matthew Wyatt, was shown in a Facebook post kneeling and bowing his head in prayer with the team. Wyatt posted the photo with the caption, “My favorite thing about practice each day.” Outcome: The district responded on … More »

Louisiana Sheriff removes religious posts from official facebook page (January 8, 2018)

1/8/2018 · Where: Washington Parish. Violation: Sheriff Randy Seal regularly invoked Christian scripture in his official statements as sheriff, statements that were reflected on the Washington Parish Sheriff’s official Facebook page. Outcome: The department’s legal counsel recently informed FFRF that the bible verses and highly religious posts have … More »

Arkansas high school stops using social media to promote religion (January 8, 2018)

1/8/2018 · Where: Glen Rose High School in Malvern. Violation: The high school used its official Facebook page to endorse the Christian-oriented prayer rally, “See You at the Pole,” that took place this past fall. Outcome: On Jan. 8, Superintendent Tim Holicer informed FFRF that he had met … More »

Texas football coaches will no longer recite Lord's prayer with students (January 5, 2018)

1/5/2018 · Where: Gregory-Portland High School in Portland and Roy Miller High School in Corpus Christi. … More »

Alabama High School stops schools promotion of baccalaureate (January 5, 2018)

1/5/2018 · Where: Opp High School in Opp. Violation: A baccalaureate service was held in the auditorium and the school principal led the seniors in prayer during the service. Also, at the high school’s graduation ceremony, a prayer was listed on the graduation program and was delivered … More »

Colorado school district stops endorsing baccalaureate services (January 2, 2018)

1/2/2018 · Where: Palisade High School. Violation: An invocation led by a pastor was scheduled for its 2018 graduation ceremony and the district was endorsing a baccalaureate service for graduating seniors. Outcome: On Jan. 2, in a letter from an attorney representing the school district, FFRF was assured … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers at MN City Council (December 28, 2017)

12/28/2017 · It was brought to FFRF’s attention that the Little Falls City Council in Minnesota was opening each year’s first meeting with a Christian prayer. Members of the Franciscan Sisters have given the opening invocation in 2016 and 2017, and have been exclusively been given … More »

Colorado town ends worship event support (December 26, 2017)

12/26/2017 · FFRF has ended an annual unconstitutional religious event put on by a Colorado town. Each year, the town of Gypsum was hosting a community worship event called “Praise in the Park” as part of its summer celebration, “Gypsum Daze.” The event included live performances of … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers at a Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast (December 22, 2017)

12/22/2017 · FFRF got involved after being informed that the city of Buena Park, Calif., was hosting an annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. Although a nonprofit organization was promoted as presenting the prayer breakfast, the city’s website was advertising the event and instructing the public to send RSVPs … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers in Utah (December 20, 2017)

12/20/2017 · On Aug. 17, FFRF wrote to the Tooele County School District in Utah over unconstitutional promotion of religion by the district superintendent. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that at the 2017 annual and mandatory meeting the district has at the beginning of its school … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers at Kentucky Elementary school (December 19, 2017)

12/19/2017 · After receiving multiple reports from concerned parents that a Kentucky public elementary school was promoting religion to its students, FFRF got involved. It was brought to FFRF’s attention that a teacher at Valley Elementary School in Pikeville, Ky., was requiring students to say a … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers at Kansas High School (December 18, 2017)

12/18/2017 · A concerned parent reported to FFRF that the principal of Oskaloosa Junior/Senior High School in Kansas had led students, parents and faculty in a prayer at the 2017 Fall Athletic Banquet, which was held to recognize all of the students who were in sports … More »

FFRF versus Trump challenges executive order against church politicking (2017)

12/13/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit in May, 2017, challenging President Trump's "religious liberty" executive order as it pertains to church politicking. FFRF and its co-presidents, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, are plaintiffs. The suit named as defendants President Trump and John … More »

FFRF stops unconstitutional prayers in Elementary School (December 6, 2017)

12/6/2017 · After it was reported to FFRF that a second-grade teacher at Ashford Elementary School in Alabama was leading her students in daily prayer before lunch, FFRF took action. FFRF Legal Fellow Chris Line wrote to Houston County Schools Superintendent David Sewell on Dec. 4 to … More »

Bible study no longer sponsored by S.C. city (December 5, 2017)

12/5/2017 · It was brought to FFRF’s attention that the city of Newberry, S.C., was regularly sponsoring a Christian “Bibles and Badges” bible study. The studies were being held in city facilities and the city was listed on social media as the meeting host. The city’s … More »

Kentucky school ends religious violations (December 5, 2017)

12/5/2017 · A concerned student contacted FFRF to report that students and staff at Christian County High School in Kentucky had participated in a See You at the Pole event on school property in September 2017, during which staff led students in prayer. Additionally, FFRF learned … More »

Religious project stopped in Ohio school (December 3, 2017)

12/3/2017 · An Ohio public school will not be promoting religion in the future after a concerned parent reported to FFRF that Big Walnut High School was participating in “Operation Christmas Child,” a Christian ministry the school had been participating in for 25 years. FFRF Patrick O’Reiley … More »

Religious decor removed from elementary school (November 20, 2017)

11/20/2017 · Religious decor is no longer on display in Ricardo Elementary School in Kingsville, Texas, thanks to FFRF. Action was taken after FFRF received a complaint from a concerned parent that a wreath with a Latin cross on it was hanging on the school's office … More »

FFRF nixes Jesus from Texas school (November 20, 2017)

11/20/2017 · A parent of a student in the Weatherford Independent School District in Texas reported to FFRF that a religious club called "Kids Beach Club" was permitted to set up a table to advertise during a recent open house event at Crockett Elementary. The table had … More »

FFRF halts Texas school prayer walk (November 17, 2017)

11/17/2017 · It was brought to FFRF's attention that Summer Creek High School in Houston hosted a "prayer walk" on Sept. 10 at the school to commemorate its recent merger with Kingwood High School. The official Summer Creek High School page had promoted the event under … More »

FFRF serves up law to pizza joint (November 17, 2017)

11/17/2017 · A local patron of Johnny Brusco's New York Style Pizza in Bentonville, Ark., informed FFRF that the restaurant was offering and promoting a 10 percent discount on Sundays to customers presenting a church bulletin. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote to the manager to inform … More »

FFRF earns victory in Oklahoma (November 17, 2017)

11/17/2017 · FFRF has stopped some Oklahoma middle school kids from being forced to regularly listen to Christian music during the school day. A concerned parent informed FFRF that teachers at Adair Middle School in Adair, Okla., were playing Christian music during class. One teacher reportedly played … More »

Christian messages axed (November 14, 2017)

11/14/2017 · It was reported to FFRF that a principal at Little Axe Middle School in Norman, Okla., gave a Christian invocation at a staff dinner this past August asking Jesus "to inspire" the new teachers. FFRF was also informed that the school's baseball coach had … More »

Arkansas violations get cleared up (November 14, 2017)

11/14/2017 · FFRF has had prayer struck from a performance at an Arkansas elementary school. FFRF learned that students at Westside Elementary School in Jonesboro, Ark., were going to perform in a Thanksgiving-themed program with music and poetry. Students were sent home with a list of lyrics … More »

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

11/13/2017 · 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 … More »

FFRF quiets worship music at Indiana school (November 10, 2017)

11/10/2017 · FFRF was informed that a choir director for Loogootee middle and high schools in Indiana had been using her position to promote religion to students in the school’s choir program. The program had been performing overwhelmingly Christian music and choir students were being required to … More »

FFRF ends school’s violations (November 9, 2017)

11/9/2017 · After it was reported to FFRF that numerous constitutional violations were taking place at Chandler Junior High School in Chandler, Okla., action was promptly taken. FFRF was informed that the dress code — which had been posted by the school on Facebook — prohibits … More »

Coaches no longer will See You at the Pole (November 3, 2017)

11/3/2017 · FFRF learned that a football and track coach at Anna High School in Texas had participated in a See You at the Pole event on school property in September, which opened with prayer. Additionally, the school was advertising a See You at the Pole … More »

No more proselytizing at elementary school (October 27, 2017)

10/27/2017 · It was reported to FFRF that Westside Elementary School in Jonesboro, Ark., hosted a presentation by a Christian minister this September in the school gymnasium. During the presentation, the children were given rubber bracelets from the local Philadelphia Baptist Church that read, "PBC Living God, … More »

Baseball coaches cease prayers (October 23, 2017)

10/23/2017 · After a community member reported to FFRF that coaches for the Oktaha High School baseball team in Oktaha, Okla., had been praying with the team, FFRF's Patrick O'Reiley Legal Fellow Christopher Line wrote to Superintendent Jerry Needham to ensure that the district coaches end … More »

Michigan schools stop holding prayer circles (October 17, 2017)

10/17/2017 · FFRF has equipped a coaching staff in a Michigan school district to have a better understanding of the First Amendment. On Sept. 28, a prayer ritual was performed after a football player was injured in a game between Bay City High School and H.H. Dow … More »

Tennessee football team prayers to end (October 13, 2017)

10/13/2017 · FFRF has ensured that public prayers will not be announced during football games in a Tennessee school district. It was reported to FFRF that at the start of a football game at McEwen Junior High in Waverly, Tenn., a Christian prayer was delivered over the … More »

FFRF earns victory in Iowa high school (October 11, 2017)

10/11/2017 · A concerned parent informed FFRF that a football coach for Waukee High School in Waukee, Iowa, had instituted team prayer and devotionals. The team's head coach, Scott Carlson, had been praying with the team before and after every game, and requested that players join him. … More »

FFRF mends violations in Texas school district (October 11, 2017)

10/11/2017 · A Texas school district will comply with its constitutional duty to remain neutral in matters of religion after hearing from FFRF. It was reported to FFRF that West Elementary School in Lubbock, Texas, had been advertising a private Christian-orientated prayer rally event, "See You at … More »

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