You may recall that late last year the public school system in Rankin, Mississippi agreed to a consent decree to settle a lawsuit over mandatory school assemblies that featured prayer and preachers. It only took a few months for them to violate that decree:
The American Humanist Association filed a motion of contempt on Wednesday against Mississippi’s Rankin County School District for its failure to adhere to a federal judge’s order banning Christian prayers at public school assemblies.
According to the Associated Press, the student who filed the original complaint against the school reported that the school has carried on with public prayers in spite of the ruling, which was handed down in November of 2013.
In an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Jackson, the student, a senior at Northwest Rankin High School, said that a countywide honors program on April 17 featured an opening prayer by St. Mark’s United Methodist Church pastor Rev. Rob Gill.
“The prayer was Christian in nature and made a specific reference to the resurrection of Jesus Christ,” said a statement released by the AHA. “Students were asked to stand and then bow their heads for the prayer. Students were also told to wear ‘church attire’ to the event, which was held days before Easter Sunday. The American Humanist Association contends that the public school district’s actions unconstitutionally endorsed religion and coerced students into participating in a religious observance.”…AHA is asking that the district be forced to pay civil contempt fines of $1,000 each for the school district and Northwest Rankin Principal Charles Frazier. The affidavit also asked the court to impose a $20,000 fine on all future violations of the November court order.
It’s incredible to me just how relentless the Christian right is to impose their religious exercises on others. Why can’t they just worship themselves as they see fit and let others do the same? Why do they feel the overwhelming desire to make sure everyone else has to participate as well? Oh, right — Christian privilege. They feel they have a divine right to dominate the country.