The Franklin Township School Board in Indiana just got sued for opening up meetings with a Christian prayer, something that is undoubtedly illegal.
According to the lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Indiana on behalf of Marion County resident Dr. Duane Nickell:
… The prayers are Christian in orientation, mentioning Jesus or Christ. While the Supreme Court has held that sectarian prayer to open a legislative session is not per se unconstitutional… the Court stressed in the case, which did not concern prayer by a school board, that in selecting the person to deliver the prayer the legislative body maintained a policy of nondiscrimination, welcoming all faiths. Here, the prayer is by a school board, there is no policy of nondiscrimination, and defendant’s prayer practices violate the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The District issued no public response to the lawsuit — but they’re clearly in the wrong here. The question is whether they want to waste taxpayer money fighting this battle in court.
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