In April, the American Humanist Association sued the school system in Rankin County, Mississippi over a mandatory school assembly that was little more than a sermon from a minister. Now video of that assembly and new allegations are surfacing about how deeply the school is involved in Christian proselytizing. You can see some of that video here. And here are the new allegations:
Another allegation in Rankin County claims a Christian minister was given access to the lunchroom at Northshore Elementary School and approached a Muslim child. Classmates were told to pray for her because she was going to hell.
The fight over religious boundaries is becoming more apparent in a school district tucked deeply in the Bible belt. The district, at first, considered banning ministers from attending lunch with children, but in the end, allowed it.“We want to follow the law. We want to follow School Board policy. We understand freedom of speech and we want to do what’s right here in Rankin County,” said Richard Morrison, the assistant superintendent for the school district.
Seriously, how did Morrison get his job? This case has precisely nothing to do with freedom of speech. Absolutely nothing. A minister doesn’t have a free speech right to come on campus and proselytize students, nor does anyone have a free speech right to give a religious school assembly.