The American Humanist Association has written a letter to the public school system in Jackson, MS on behalf of a teacher who was forced to attend a convocation that was little more than a church service. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center informed the school that such behavior is blatantly unconstitutional.
Today the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the Jackson Public School District in Jackson, Mississippi, on behalf of a teacher who objected to the overtly religious nature of a mandatory convocation.
The letter states that on Aug. 12, 2014, the district hosted a compulsory assembly for public school teachers at the Mississippi Coliseum. A Christian reverend was invited to give the opening prayer at the event. His remarks included Christian prayers, a church-themed call and response with the audience and specific references to Scripture, such as Psalm 23 and 1 Corinthians 4:5. The three hour-long convocation also included other speakers, many of whom made references to Biblical passages, “Lord” and “God.”
“Given the numerous cases holding that prayers and sermons at public school-sponsored events violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, it’s shocking that the district would include such blatantly religious practices at a compulsory convocation,” said Monica Miller, an attorney with the Appignani Humanist Legal Center.
“When public schools get unnecessarily involved in supporting sectarian prayer at educator events, they disregard the rights of teachers of other religions and those of no religion,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association.
The letter demands that that the school district offer assurances that it will cease to include religious elements in future events, especially convocations.
Any teacher uncomfortable with being exposed to practices of faith, we should be uncomfortable with them teaching our children. Our children need more faith-based exposure (home, school, church, community) to turn around what we see happening in our streets. We complain but fail to realize that the answer to what ails us is Jesus Christ.
Yvette Lanier White
So get up and walk out during the prayer. If there is something that bothers you at home, do you not change the channel? Geez woman, common sense does not prevail anywhere anymore. Why are you teaching?
I remember going to school as a kid and each day we started off the day with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Well, that’s not allowed anymore. So sad how this Country has changed.
Taking God out of School is why our children are BAD now. We got spankings it did’nt kill us. if parents would want there children to be good then Pray with them.
Our children need to have GOD at school,we as Christain need to stand up for what our children learn if she was uncomfortable she should get her a job somewhere else not at our schools we don’t need her there,maybe you should be a atheist leader.May GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!!!
Sounds like they need to stop teaching religion and start teaching logic.