The mother who made a habit of preaching at students (she calls it praying) on the school steps as they came to school and was told she could no longer do that may sue the school system in Concord, New Hampshire. She’s now being represented by the ADF:
Urena began praying out loud on steps outside the school in February after bullets were found in a school toilet. She read verses from the Bible but never physically interfered with students on their way into the building. Last month, after the district received inquiries and complaints about her actions, Principal Gene Connolly told Urena she could no longer pray on campus. One complaint came from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, which said her praying violated the separation of church and state.
Matthew Sharp, general counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, said yesterday the group has not filed a lawsuit and is still determining how to move forward. The group provides all legal services pro bono.
“We think the facts in this one really matter,” Sharp said. “She was (praying) passively. I think she was providing a great example there of just a mother that is passionate about wanting what’s best for her kids.”
Sharp argues that Urena’s speech is protected under the First Amendment and that the Freedom from Religion Foundation’s assertion that her praying violates the separation of church and state is “blatantly false.”
And if she were Muslim or atheist and doing the same thing, would that still be their position? Not a chance in hell.