The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center has filed a federal lawsuit against the public schools in Fayette, Missouri, where teachers hold weekly prayer sessions with students in classrooms during the school day. According to the press release sent out by the group:
Activities outlined in the lawsuit include weekly Christian “devotional” prayer sessions led by a teacher in her classroom during school hours, students being told by the teacher that God will punish them if they are not good, exclusive morning announcements by the principal over the school public address system promoting the prayer sessions, the prominent display of the book “God’s Game Plan” in Pope’s classroom during class time, and using school-owned equipment and materials to print fliers for the prayer sessions.
“It is a clear violation of the Establishment Clause when public school officials encourage their students to pray or participate in prayer activities with them,” said Monica Miller of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center. “It is unfortunate that we have reached a point where court action is necessary to address a problem that the school could have resolved voluntarily on its own.”
You can read the full complaint here.