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N.C. sheriff’s office complies with FFRF (June 24, 2017)

6/24/2017 · FFRF recently sent a letter to the Ashe County Sheriff's Office, based in Jefferson, objecting to a "Time of Prayer" event it was scheduled to host on June 24. Highlighting the event was a prayer led by Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of the … More »

Ohio school will have a Christ-free school year (June 20, 2017)

6/20/2017 · A school district in Smithville, Ohio, won't be scheduling Christianity into its school calendar or holiday decorating activities anymore. Green Local Schools District featured a overtly Christian theme on its lunch calendar this past December, listing "Baby in a blanket on a bed of straw" … More »

Oklahoma school will stick to teaching facts (June 20, 2017)

6/20/2017 · FFRF has stopped an Oklahoma high school teacher from inserting anti-science, religious thought into his anatomy and physiology classes. … More »

Florida school to keep Christ out of events (June 19, 2017)

6/19/2017 · A Florida high school won't be inserting religion into future school-sponsored events after receiving a legal warning from FFRF over a Christian prayer. It was brought to FFRF's attention that the assistant principal and athletic director at Middleton High School in Tampa, Fla., had called … More »

Indiana school district says no more prayers (June 10, 2017)

6/10/2017 · An Indiana school district has promised FFRF that graduation prayers will not occur again in its schools. A concerned Elkhart Community Schools parent contacted FFRF to report that the 2016-17 graduation ceremony at the Roosevelt STEAM Academy began with a prayer. The speaker asked the … More »

Senior center to serve religious-free meals (June 8, 2017)

6/8/2017 · FFRF has ensured that a senior center in Grants, N.M., will be serving prayer-free meals from here on out. A concerned member of the Cibola Senior Center informed FFRF that the federally funded institution was instructing its members to pray before receiving meals. Although the … More »

South Carolina wrestling prayers silenced (June 7, 2017)

6/7/2017 · A high school in Honea Path, S.C., has been reminded of its obligation to stay secular after it received a warning from FFRF over an unlawful prayer delivered to the school's wrestling team this past spring. FFRF was informed that a local pastor was called … More »

Senior center reminded to keep meals secular (June 6, 2017)

6/6/2017 · A North Carolina county senior center will adhere to federal regulations against religious worship after FFRF took action on a constitutional violation over pre-lunch prayers. A concerned resident of Leon Mann Jr. Enrichment Center — based in Morehead City, N.C. — informed FFRF that a … More »

Delaware school cuts prayer from graduation (June 5, 2017)

6/5/2017 · A Delaware school district agreed to comply with its constitutional obligation to remain neutral regarding religion in its June 5 graduation ceremony, after receiving a letter from FFRF requesting that it cancel scheduled prayers. It was brought to FFRF's attention that the Woodbridge High School … More »

FFRF terminates prayer at Arizona school (June 5, 2017)

6/5/2017 · FFRF successfully stopped prayers scheduled into yet another high school's graduation ceremony, this time in Elkins, Ariz. Last spring, FFRF was informed that the Elkins High School 2016 graduation ceremony opened and closed with a Christian prayer. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott a letter on … More »

Arizona high school to end assembly prayers (May 30, 2017)

5/30/2017 · After it was brought to FFRF's attention that an award assembly at an Arizona high school had begun and ended with a Christian prayer, action was taken to ensure the public school remains secular. During an award assembly this past spring at Harrison High School … More »

Missouri school changes graduation policy (May 25, 2017)

5/25/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a school district in Willard, Mo., has adopted a policy to ensure that religion does not seep into future high school commencement addresses. During Willard High School's graduation ceremony this past spring, religious remarks and a prayer were given by Willard Public … More »

FFRF blows whistle on Kansas coach’s prayers (May 22, 2017)

5/22/2017 · A high school wrestling coach in Wichita, Kan., has been reminded to stay in line with the First Amendment after he unconstitutionally led a prayer during a team banquet. A concerned parent informed FFRF that, this past spring, the Wichita Northwest High School wrestling coach … More »

FFRF purges prayer from Georgia school ceremony (May 18, 2017)

5/18/2017 · After being informed of a prayer scheduled to take place at the Schley County Middle School graduation in Ellaville, Ga., FFRF raised its voice against the constitutional violation. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote to Superintendent Adam Hathaway on May 16 reminding him of the … More »

Indianapolis police to stop promoting religion (May 16, 2017)

5/16/2017 · FFRF has successfully stopped the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department from promoting religion through its government email server. FFRF was contacted by a local resident after an email to city employees was sent by IMPD Police Chief Bryan Roach in March promoting an event. The email … More »

Georgia teacher to keep God out of classroom (May 15, 2017)

5/15/2017 · An elementary school teacher in Stantonville, Ga., has been reminded of her constitutional obligation to keep her classroom secular. A parent of an Echols County Elementary School student informed FFRF that a teacher at the school had a religious sign posted in her classroom which … More »

South Dakota school keeps graduation secular (May 13, 2017)

5/13/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a South Dakota high school kept its May graduation ceremony free of religious influence. FFRF was informed that Clark High School in Clark, S.D., scheduled prayers by a Catholic priest into its graduation ceremony. The program had included both a Catholic invocation … More »

FFRF tells Texas school to keep evangelists out (May 12, 2017)

5/12/2017 · The Pasadena Independent School District in Texas has been warned not to allow religious speakers access to a captive audience of public school students for indoctrination. The school district had hosted an in-school assembly during the school day featuring a speaker from the evangelical church, … More »

FFRF protects Texas student’s free speech (May 12, 2017)

5/12/2017 · FFRF took swift action after a student at Lakeview Middle School in The Colony, Texas, contacted the state-church watch group about a teacher requiring that he stand and participate in the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and Texas Pledge. The student, who identifies … More »

Pennsylvania schools end state-church violations (May 11, 2017)

5/11/2017 · After hearing of multiple shocking constitutional violations occurring within the Wilson School District in Pennsylvania, FFRF took action to warn the district of its duty to keep religion out of its public schools. FFRF was made aware that Wilson Southern Middle School was regularly advertising … More »

FFRF versus Trump challenges executive order against church politicking

5/10/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed suit on May 4 challenging his "religious liberty" executive order as it pertains to church politicking. FFRF and its co-presidents, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, are plaintiff s. The suit names as defendants President Trump and John … More »

Florida city’s prayer breakfast gets updated (May 8, 2017)

5/8/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, the city of Winter Haven, Fla., ended its endorsement of religion through the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast in May. It was brought to FFRF's attention that Mayor Steven Hunnicutt planned on hosting the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast to recognize the National Day … More »

Religious poster taken down in Indiana class (May 8, 2017)

5/8/2017 · A religious poster has been taken off display in Hillcrest High School, in Ammon, Ind. The framed poster of "A Wrestler's Prayer" was hanging on one of the teacher's classroom walls. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell sent a letter to Bonneville Joint School District No. … More »

Washington yogurt shop ends church discounts (May 5, 2017)

5/5/2017 · Revelations Yogurt in Edmonds, Wash. will no longer be dishing up its party room free to church groups after FFRF contacted the establishment over its religious discrimination. FFRF Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote to the Revelations Yogurt management on April 27, after a customer gave … More »

Bible distribution in Texas school to stop (May 4, 2017)

5/4/2017 · An evangelical group will no longer be invading Liberty High School in Frisco, Texas, after FFRF got involved with the state-church violation. A parent of a student in the school district informed FFRF that members of Gideons International were permitted to enter the school's cafeteria … More »

Texas teacher gets constitutional lesson (May 3, 2017)

5/3/2017 · A teacher at Texas' Fannin Middle School will be promoting science rather than Christianity, thanks to FFRF's action. Eric Sheen, an eighth-grade science teacher at the school, had been promoting anti-science curriculum and Christian propaganda. A concerned parent had informed FFRF that Sheen had showed … More »

Religious hymns silenced at Connecticut school (May 3, 2017)

5/3/2017 · Students at John B. Sliney Elementary School in Branford, Conn., will no longer be forced to sing religious songs after FFRF raised its voice in opposition. It was brought to FFRF's attention that the school's music teacher, Ted Samodel, had been teaching spiritual songs to … More »

Florida school ends religious baccalaureate (May 1, 2017)

5/1/2017 · FFRF took action after being informed that a high school in Pierson, Fla., had scheduled a graduation ceremony at a church. A member of the Volusia County School District informed FFRF that the T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High School official website encouraged graduating seniors to attend … More »

Texas school to address religious decorations (May 1, 2017)

5/1/2017 · McKinney North High School in Texas has been given a secular makeover after FFRF was informed of religious symbols and messages decorating the walls of hallways and classrooms in the school. These messages included a football poster with a biblical quote, a varied collection … More »

Georgia school won’t promote religious group (April 25, 2017)

4/25/2017 · FFRF has taken on All Pro Dad, a religious organization, once again, this time at a Georgia elementary school. A concerned parent of a student in the Barrow County School System contacted FFRF about the promotion of All Pro Dad events at Statham Elementary School … More »

FFRF gets police station prayer display removed (April 13, 2017)

4/13/2017 · A huge prayer display has been removed from a Wisconsin police station thanks to FFRF intervening on behalf of the Constitution. A concerned area resident contacted FFRF to report that the Onalaska Police Department had a large religious display on the wall of a public … More »

Montana youth minister deterred from schools (April 7, 2017)

4/7/2017 · Religious leaders will no longer be permitted to prey upon school children for proselytization in Montana's Missouri's Forsyth R-III Schools after FFRF raised alarm. It was brought to FFRF's concern that a youth minister, Jeffrey Barrikman, from First Baptist Church, was given special access to … More »

Soccer coach to stay hands and prayer-free (March 30, 2017)

3/30/2017 · A California high school soccer coach will be keeping his hands and blessings off athletes after FFRF blew the whistle on the constitutional foul. It was brought to FFRF's attention by a concerned community member that the coach was leading his players in prayer before … More »

Michigan town removes religious memorial (March 29, 2017)

3/29/2017 · FFRF and the Center For Inquiry were informed by a local resident of Alto, Mich., of an unconstitutional cross memorial monument at Alto Veterans Park. The memorial displayed a black cutout of a soldier kneeling and a Christian cross. FFRF Managing Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert and … More »

Prayers silenced by FFRF in Georgia school (March 23, 2017)

3/23/2017 · Two teachers at Jones-Wheat Elementary School in Georgia's Decatur County Schools District will no longer be teaching students to pray after FFRF got involved. A concerned parent contacted FFRF to report that their child had recited prayers at home that they had learned in school. … More »

FFRF sues Texas judge to end courtroom prayer practice

3/22/2017 · FFRF filed a lawsuit against Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack on March 21, 2017, due to his refusal to end the practice of opening each of his court sessions with chaplain-led prayer. FFRF is joined by several local plaintiffs, including Jane Doe and … More »

FFRF shuts off Colorado school’s marquee (March 20, 2017)

3/20/2017 · Thanks to FFRF, a Colorado public high school's digital marquee will no longer display advertisements for Orchard Church. Since 2012, Prairie View High School has permanently displayed the sign promoting a Christian message. It was donated by the church as a way of showcasing the … More »

California schools’ religious promotion ends (March 18, 2017)

3/18/2017 · Two instances of unconstitutional religious promotion by staff in California's Del Norte County Unified School District were brought to FFRF's attention. A weekly bulletin distributed to staff at Del Norte High School and put on display in the school's hallway contained a religious saying at … More »

New Mexico museum film to be properly replaced (March 14, 2017)

3/14/2017 · Starting this spring, the Bradbury Science Museum in New Mexico will show a new film to replace a movie that unnecessarily endorsed religion and distorted historical fact. FFRF was informed by several concerned citizens across the country of religious imagery in a movie being shown … More »

FFRF stops promotion of creationist ‘science’ (March 13, 2017)

3/13/2017 · Promotion of false, creationist "science" will no longer be undermining the education of students in the Rusk Independent School District in Texas. A concerned school district community member brought it to FFRF's attention that the Rusk Junior High School principal had gathered students in the … More »

Sheriff’s department deletes religious page (March 6, 2017)

3/6/2017 · The Matagorda County Sheriff's Department in Texas will no longer be posting religious messages online after FFRF stepped in. A local county resident informed FFRF that the department had regularly been posing religious messages, such as bible verses and prayers, on its Facebook page. While … More »

Florida teacher stops praying with students (March 3, 2017)

3/3/2017 · Florida's Walton County School District put an end to classroom prayers in its public elementary school after FFRF got involved. A concerned district family informed FFRF that a teacher at West DeFuniak Elementary was imposing prayer on her third-grade class. The year before, the teacher … More »

FFRF ends Christian music at Texas school (March 1, 2017)

3/1/2017 · A teacher at a Texas public high school will no longer be evangelizing students by forcing them to listen to religious music in her class, thanks to FFRF's involvement. A concerned student contacted FFRF about a teacher at the Trenton High School who would broadcast … More »

FFRF suit removes 14-foot cross from park in Santa Clara, Calif.

3/1/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with member Andrew DeFaria, sued the City of Santa Clara, Calif., on April 20, 2016, to remove a large Latin cross from a city park. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District … More »

School’s ‘debate’ over creationism ended (February 21, 2017)

2/21/2017 · Faculty in a Texas school district will no longer be weaseling Christianity into its curriculum after FFRF attorneys took action. Mark Sevarino, biology teacher at McKinney North High School, had distributed a written assignment to students setting up two sides of a debate about whether … More »

Georgia school won’t allow proselytizing (February 16, 2017)

2/16/2017 · A Christian organization won't be allowed to continue proselytizing students during lunch hours at schools in the Baldwin County School District in Georgia after FFRF got involved. FFRF was informed that members of Young Life, a religious organization whose mission involves "introducing adolescents to Jesus … More »

Texas school gets First Amendment lesson (February 15, 2017)

2/15/2017 · Students at a Texas school will not be coerced into receiving bibles as part of a misinformed lesson on "free speech" after FFRF contacted the College Station Independent School District about the constitutional violation. It was brought to FFRF's attention that a social studies teacher … More »

FFRF victory: New Kensington-Arnold Sch. Dist. removes Ten Commandments monument

2/15/2017 · FFRF and a parent filed suit on Sept. 14, 2012, against the New Kensington-Arnold School District (Pa.) to challenge a six-foot-tall Ten Commandments monument in front of Valley High School. FFRF wrote to the District in March of 2012 requesting the monument be moved … More »

Latin cross removed from Texas classroom (February 13, 2017)

2/13/2017 · FFRF reminded the Lewisville Independent School District in Texas that employees must not endorse their personal spiritual beliefs to students through religious displays. A community member informed FFRF that a cross was visibly hanging in a classroom of Arbor Creek Middle School promoting the teacher's … More »

FFRF gets Texas coaches to stop prayers (February 9, 2017)

2/9/2017 · FFRF learned that coaches in Texas' Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District were illegally participating in prayers with its student-athletes. Coaches from Byron P. Steele II High School, Samuel Clemens High School and Ray D. Corbett Junior High School had engaged in prayers. Staff Attorney Sam Grover … More »

Virginia city cancels visit to ‘Ark Park’ (February 7, 2017)

2/7/2017 · FFRF has dissuaded a Virginia city’s park and rec department from hosting a trip to the infamous “Ark Park” and creationist museum. A resident informed FFRF that the Christiansburg Parks and Recreation Department was arranging a visit in early April to the Ark Encounter and … More »

Angel statue removed from Indiana park (February 6, 2017)

2/6/2017 · FFRF was informed that a statue of an angel with its hands clasped in prayer had been put up in a public park in Kokomo, Ind. The display conferred government endorsement of Christianity over all other faiths or no faith. FFRF Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler … More »

Religious program ends at Illinois school (February 3, 2017)

2/3/2017 · FFRF took action to end a partnership between the Decatur Public Schools District in Illinois and two local churches after learning of a constitutional violation. The school district had partnered with Glad Tidings Church and Tabernacle Baptist Church for six half-day retreats at the churches. … More »

Florida judge says to dismiss prayer case (February 3, 2017)

2/3/2017 · A Florida judge says a prayer lawsuit against a high school athletic league should be tossed out. FFRF filed an amicus brief in the case. U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Amanda Arnold Sansone issued a Feb. 3 recommendation to dismiss a case brought by Cambridge … More »

Louisiana coaches warned about proselytizing (February 1, 2017)

2/1/2017 · In Louisiana, the Caldwell Parish High School football team's coaches have been warned not to promote religion to the team in the future. FFRF was informed that a coach had been taking the team to church. The coach had also been exposing the athletes to … More »

FFRF, member prevail in censorship lawsuit against Shelton, Conn.

2/1/2017 · The Freedom From Religion Foundation, with member Jerome H. Bloom, filed suit March 22, 2016, in U.S. District Court, Connecticut, against the city of Shelton and its mayor and parks director after their request to put up a display in a city park was … More »

Illinois staff won’t join in school gospel choir (January 25, 2017)

1/25/2017 · An Illinois school district has confirmed to FFRF that its staff members will not remain involved in a school gospel choir. FFRF initially contacted the Oak Park and River Forest High in December after a local community member informed the organization that there was a … More »

Religious promotion ended at Texas school (January 24, 2017)

1/24/2017 · A parent with a child in Victoria School District in Texas contacted FFRF to report instances of religious promotion at Ella Schorlemmer Elementary School. A Christian prayer was part of the school's Veterans Day celebration and a teacher at the elementary school incorporated religious … More »

No more religious flyers in school district (January 24, 2017)

1/24/2017 · An Indiana school district has pledged to FFRF that it will not permit the distribution of fundamentalist flyers to its students. A resident contacted FFRF to inform it that staff at Yankeetown Elementary School in Newburgh, Ind., were distributing ultrareligious flyers to third- and fourth-grade … More »

Kentucky school educated on First Amendment (January 19, 2017)

1/19/2017 · Educators at Grant County Schools in Kentucky have been reminded of their responsibility to uphold the First Amendment's requirement that they not proselytize religion. FFRF was alerted to a published nativity display in the high school's newsletter, accompanied with the phrase "Merry Christmas." FFRF Managing … More »

FFRF, parent, sue to end 75 years of bible classes in W.Va. school system

1/18/2017 ·  FFRF filed a civil rights lawsuit against Mercer County Schools on January 18, 2017, over the school system's egregiously unconstitutional "Bible in the Schools" classes for elementary school students. Joining FFRF as primary plaintiffs in the case are Jane Doe, an atheist and member … More »

Louisiana city changes prayer breakfast (January 17, 2017)

1/17/2017 · The city of Zachary, La., has changed its rules to ensure that its annual "Mayor's Prayer Breakfast" will no longer violate the First Amendment by receiving city endorsement. The city's website promoted the annual breakfast as a "Christian event," which was held in a church. … More »

FFRF gets apology for coach’s public piety (January 13, 2017)

1/13/2017 · An Illinois school district has apologized to FFRF for a coach's participation in prayer gatherings at school events. On Dec. 26, 2016, after a basketball game between Vandalia Community High School and Pana High School, Coach Brian Buscher took part in a prayer circle with … More »

Alabama school’s Christian promotion ends (January 12, 2017)

1/12/2017 · An Auburn, Ala., elementary school assured FFRF that it will not be promoting Christianity or a religious group. Dean Road Elementary School distributed flyers and used social media postings to promote "All Pro Dad" events, which the school was hosting throughout the school year. All … More »

Symbols removed from Nevada school (January 11, 2017)

1/11/2017 · Religious artwork hanging on the office wall of Bob Miller Middle School in Henderson, Nev., has been taken down after FFRF took action on a complaint. The organization received a report that a cross and a reference to Jesus were being displayed on the BMMS … More »

FFRF gets Ohio council to change invocation (January 6, 2017)

1/6/2017 · FFRF was able to get the Upper Arlington City Council in Ohio to amend its rules to comply with the Constitution. FFRF received a complaint that the council was having government officials lead invocations at the beginning of its meetings when a local minister was … More »

Ohio nativity display banished by FFRF (December 28, 2017)

12/28/2016 · A nativity display was removed from an Ohio public high school's property after FFRF took action. It was brought to FFRF's attention that a December nativity scene had been put up for the second year in a row at Buckeye Local High School in Rayland. … More »

No more religious radio to be aired at school (December 22, 2016)

12/22/2016 · A community member contacted FFRF to report that a radio in the front office of Osceola (Wis.) Intermediate School regularly played a Christian station loudly enough for everyone passing by to hear. The station was St. Paul-based 98.5 KTIS, which describes itself as a … More »

Nativity scene removed from public park (December 22, 2016)

12/22/2016 · On behalf of a local resident, FFRF recently wrote to the North Carolina town of Butner objecting to a nativity scene in a public park that had been placed there for years around Christmas. It was a large exhibit prominently displayed across from the … More »

FFRF reminds Maine school to stay secular (December 21, 2016)

12/21/2016 · Teachers at an elementary school in Guilford, Maine, have been reminded of their constitutional duty to not promote religion in their public roles as educators. FFRF received notice that a third-grade teacher at Piscataquis Community Elementary School had handed out a coloring page depicting a … More »

Nativity scene not displayed at manor (December 20, 2016)

12/20/2016 · In December 2015, a nativity scene was on display at a publicly owned manor in Wadena, Minn. The manor is owned and managed by the Wadena Housing and Redevelopment Authority and funded in part by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. FFRF … More »

FFRF stops school’s religious announcement (December 19, 2016)

12/19/2016 · FFRF contacted Wayne City Community Unit School District #100 in October to object to a posting on Wayne City High School's Facebook account about a "Bring Your Bible to School" day. The announcement gave a location (school library), time and day to meet and … More »

Coach-led prayers ended (December 16, 2016)

12/16/2016 · A football coach in Michigan's Millington Community School district will no longer be participating in or leading prayer with student-athletes after FFRF blew the whistle on the unlawful violations. It was brought to FFRF's attention that after a November football game hosted by Millington High … More »

Christian flag taken down (December 16, 2016)

12/16/2016 · A Christian flag displayed in an office window at Stephen F. Austin State University has been removed after FFRF raised concerns. The flag displayed the image of the Latin cross, the global symbol for Christianity, and was visibly hanging in the office window of the … More »

Pre-game prayer ceases (December 12, 2016)

12/12/2016 · Coaches in an Arkansas public school district will no longer be promoting personal religious beliefs after FFRF presented video evidence of a Harmony Grove School District football coach and a team chaplain leading his team in prayer before a game. FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover … More »

Gun show no longer favors churchgoers (December 12, 2016)

12/12/2016 · FFRF was informed that the annual Gun & Knife Show in Cumberland County, Tenn., which is co-sponsored by the county, included an advertisement for free admission this past summer for anyone presenting a church bulletin. This kind of discount violates the federal Civil Rights … More »

School district does constitutional training (December 9, 2016)

12/9/2016 · An Alabama school district will have its staff undergo training to reacquaint them with constitutional principles. FFRF contacted the Blount County School District in November 2016, after a parent at Hayden Primary School informed it that a second-grade teacher there asks the "class leader" of … More »

No more promotion of religious messages (December 9, 2016)

12/9/2016 · During the 2015 holiday season, the Roopville Elementary School in Georgia posted a religious message on its marquee, reading, "For God so loved the world, He sent his only Son. Merry Christmas." FFRF Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler wrote to Superintendent Phillip Hartley to ask that … More »

Mississippi school ends bible study sessions (December 6, 2016)

12/6/2016 · It was brought to FFRF's attention that the Gulfport (Miss.) School District staff was regularly propagating their personal religious belief to students in the public school. Several counselors had been handing out Christian-based informative packets to students, and every week staff members held a … More »

Religious sign removed from recycling center (December 6, 2016)

12/6/2016 · A Centerville, Ga., resident contacted FFRF to report a city-owned recycling center displaying a sign reading, "Pray for our nation." The sign was in full view for anyone using the center. FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover wrote to Centerville City Clerk Krista Bedingfield, and City … More »

Religious club to end meetings in schools (December 6, 2016)

12/6/2016 · A concerned community member in the Camden County School District in Georgia informed FFRF that district employees had involved themselves in a religious student club at the high school and middle school. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes was meeting before school on Tuesdays with … More »

FFRF takes action over school religious event (December 6, 2016)

12/6/2016 · Adults in the Sarasota County School District in Florida organized and participated in "See You at the Pole" events put on by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at county schools in November. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel contacted Superintendent Lori White about the violation. White … More »

Graduation prayer nixed (December 5, 2016)

12/5/2016 · FFRF's persistent efforts persuaded an Indiana school district to remove prayer from the local high school's graduation ceremony. Jennings County High School in North Vernon, Ind., had prayers as part of its graduation ceremonies in both 2015 and 2016. FFRF Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne wrote … More »

Dress code changed (December 1, 2016)

12/1/2016 · After FFRF's involvement, Madisonville High School in Texas has made changes to its spiritually discriminatory and unconstitutional apparel policy. FFRF received a complaint from a student at the high school, who had been told by the school's vice principal, Kathleen Golden, to remove an inverted … More »

Club won’t receive preferential treatment (December 1, 2016)

12/1/2016 · After receiving a complaint that the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Montana's Rockwood School District was receiving special treatment in its advertising, FFRF Legal Fellow Madeline Ziegler contacted Superintendent Eric Knost. The club was given preferential treatment by being displayed on a permanent board at … More »

FFRF shuts down religious recruiting (December 1, 2016)

12/1/2016 · FFRF has put an end to church advertising through an Oklahoma public school district after Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel contacted Superintendent Brad Overton. A local district family informed FFRF that Cordell Public Schools had partnered with several local churches to provide school supplies to children. … More »

No more school prayer (November 30, 2016)

11/30/2016 · Action was taken by FFRF after it was informed that Hartford (Kan.) High School's mandatory drunk-driving awareness assembly had opened with a prayer, led by the school's Athletic Christian Team sponsor Mike Watkins. FFRF Staff Attorney Andrew Seidel wrote to Superintendent Michael Argabright to inform … More »

Religious promotion ends (November 29, 2016)

11/29/2016 · The Gunter Independent School District in Texas has been educated on its obligation to uphold the Establishment Clause of the US. Constitution after violations made by staff members. FFRF took action after receiving a report that a social studies teacher at Gunter High School, Kerry … More »

High school team, ministry split up (November 23, 2016)

11/23/2016 · A Missouri high school basketball team will not continue to partner with a religious ministry in its summer camp program, thanks to FFRFs involvement. FFRF was informed of a constitutional violation occurring in the Eldon School District after the high school basketball team announced that … More »

FFRF and ACLU-KY challenge rejection of personalized license plate

11/22/2016 · FFRF and the ACLU of Kentucky filed suit on November 22, 2016 on behalf of Ben Hart, who was denied a personalized license plate by the State of Kentucky. Hart's request for a personalized license plate reading "IM GOD" was rejected by Kentucky DMV … More »

Prayer breakfast ended (November 22, 2016)

11/22/2016 · The city of Lakewood, Calif., will no longer be sponsoring a prayer breakfast held annually by the city's mayor. A concerned city resident informed FFRF about an email that had been sent out inviting residents to congregate with Lakewood Mayor Jeff Piazza and the Lakewood … More »

School participation in nativity event halted (November 22, 2016)

11/22/2016 · FFRF complained last year about schools in Wake County, N.C., participating in the Apex Nativity Celebration, an annual Christmas festivity that a local Latter Day Saints church puts together. FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliot wrote to the legal counsel for the Wake County Public … More »

Jehovah’s Witness display removed (November 16, 2016)

11/16/2016 · After FFRF got involved, a Jehovah's Witness display with religious pamphlets has been removed from the side of a commuter bike path in Madison, Wis. A concerned resident contacted FFRF to report a "sandwich board" display that was standing in Glenwood Park at the side … More »

Bible verse display removed from school (November 7, 2016)

11/7/2016 · Jumoke Academy, a public school in Connecticut, will be upholding its obligation to keep school and religion separate after a constitutional violation was reported by a school employee to FFRF. The employee noticed that an academic assistant at the school was displaying a bible verse … More »

FFRF gets religious signs taken down (November 7, 2016)

11/7/2016 · After FFRF's objection, two religious signs are no longer visible during school days at a public elementary school in Woodbridge, Va. A community church in the town that rents the school building for its Sunday services was regularly leaving up signs promoting church services in … More »

District rids classes of religious films (October 26, 2016)

10/26/2016 · Thanks to FFRF, the Vernon Independent School District in Texas has enacted policies to end the promotion of religious ideologies to students through film. FFRF received a complaint that teachers in the school district had been promoting their personal religious beliefs to students during class … More »

Baptism of player by coach leads to change (October 26, 2016)

10/26/2016 · A football coach at a public high school in Newton, Miss., will no longer be promoting his religious beliefs to student athletes after FFRF objected to the coach's baptism of one of his players. Coach Ryan Smith reportedly organized and performed a baptism on one … More »

Ohio district’s team chaplain, prayer ended (October 24, 2016)

10/24/2016 · An Ohio school district won't be promoting religion through its coaching staff after FFRF got involved. A concerned parent notified FFRF that either a coach or a team chaplain had led some of the Warren Local Middle School and High School athletic teams in prayer … More »

License plate denial overturned (October 19, 2016)

10/19/2016 · A short-lived battle over the denial of a license plate has ended successfully for FFRF member Jeff Prebeg of Pennsylvania. Prebeg wanted one of three license plates: ATHE1ST, NO GOD or N0 G0D. All three of these plates were available, according to the Pennsylvania Bureau … More »

FFRF silences school’s religious hymns (October 18, 2016)

10/18/2016 · Thanks to FFRF, the Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School in Hawaii has ended its practice of having students stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing religious songs. FFRF received a complaint in September that students at the school were being forced to stand … More »

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