… the campaign seeks to ensure that schools do not impose or promote religion. Unfortunately, based on complaints received by the ACLU, many school districts are failing to honor this vital constitutional mandate. We have received a growing number of reports from students, parents, teachers, and others detailing clear constitutional violations in South Carolina’s public schools. In the last two years alone, those complaints have described, for example: in-class daily prayer led by teachers; the distribution of Bibles to students; prayer and scriptural readings at graduation ceremonies, athletic events, awards ceremonies, and other school activities; school-day assemblies featuring evangelizing and other religious content; coach-organized and coach-led prayer at football practices; opening prayers at school board meetings; school officials leading and participating in student religious clubs; and school involvement in the planning and promotion of religious baccalaureate services.
The ACLU has their work cut out for them, though. The State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais spoke to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog and showed us all how aloof he is when it comes to the law:
“I support the rights of students and adults to pray or not to pray in schools. This misinformation campaign by the ACLU isn’t about religious freedom. It’s an attempt to discourage religious expression in the public arena by issuing threats of lawsuits and suggesting it is unlawful to pray in school. The Constitution guarantees the right to freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. To those who choose to pray in school, I encourage them to keep praying.”
Umm… how is this hard to understand? The ACLU also supports the rights of individuals to pray or not pray. What they don’t support are people in positions of power using their influence to make students pray with them. There’s no misinformation; the ACLU is very clear on this.
Seriously, how did a guy this incompetent get this job?
He should be the first person in line supporting this campaign.