School Board Members in Chino Valley (CA) Vow to Keep Praying to Jesus at Meetings

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an important update on what’s happening with the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education (in California). This is the school district that was indistinguishable from a church service, with members frequently leading explicitly Christian prayers and reading Bible verses.

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Board President (and previous Vice President) Andrew Cruz

A judge ruled last month that these prayers were unconstitutional and ordered the School Board to put an immediate stop to them. It was a good thing he did that, too, given that the Board was already on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which brought this case forward. But at least the problem was solved, right?

Of course not. These are Christian martyrs we’re talking about!

At last night’s board meeting, members voted to keep fighting this battle, putting at risk even more taxpayer dollars. And locals were furious:

“I don’t believe it’s appropriate for the church to be speaking for the school board,” said one parent, while another said: “you cannot bring your religion to the school board.”

Several in the crowd held up signs reading: “WANTED: CVUSD School Board Members who spend money and time on our children, not LAWSUITS.”

The Board plans to hold a special meeting on Monday to decide how to proceed. But the only question they need to be asking is whether they really want to waste even more money than they already have. Because the law is very clear on this: Unlike city councils, even non-sectarian prayers have no business at school board meetings. If they think they’ll win the right to turn school board meetings into a Christian revival service, they have no idea how the law works.

(Thanks to Brian for the link)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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