I Filed a Lawsuit Against My School District for Allowing Christian Prayers During Graduation, and It’s Finally Over

This is a guest post by Max Nielson. Max is a student at the College of Charleston.

In 2012, I filed a federal lawsuit against South Carolina’s Lexington/Richland School District 5, where I attended Irmo High School, because I wanted to do something to change the district-wide policy of holding Christian prayers during graduation ceremonies. (They let the majority-Christian senior class vote on the prayer, but the outcome was never in doubt.)

The lawsuit was amended to include the district practice of holding preacher-led prayers at board meetings after I recruited two younger District 5 students, Dakota McMillan and Jacob Zupan, to maintain legal standing after my graduation.



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Town of Jay (Florida) Sells Off Nativity Scene to Avoid Lawsuit

The town of Jay, Florida has had a Nativity scene in front of City Hall for the past 40 years, a clear promotion of Christianity by the local government. When the Freedom From Religion Foundation sent town officials a letter last week explaining this problem, they offered a possible solution — one they suggested to a neighboring town a couple of years ago:



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Satanic Sweaters for the Holidays

Forget the penis necklace from yesterday. You should show up to your family’s holiday get-together in this lovely and warm Satanic sweater:



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Freshman Leads Silly Fight to Keep Ten Commandments Plaque on High School’s Wall

At Harding High School in Marion, Ohio, there used to be a plaque of the Ten Commandments hanging in the hallway. It was there for over 50 years, a gift from the Class of 1953.

Over the summer, knowing that it would eventually be subject to a legal challenge, district officials took it down. And rightfully so — there’s no reason a public school should be encouraging students not to worship false idols or reminding them to have no other gods but the Christian one.

Now, one freshman (who clearly hasn’t taken a government class yet) is fighting to put it back up:

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Despite Warning, Gideons Reps Illegally Hand Out Bibles at Georgia Elementary School

In September of 2012, representatives from Gideons International came to White Elementary School in Georgia during the school day and distributed bibles to students who wanted them. The principal even announced the distribution to students.

All of this is illegal and the Freedom From Religion Foundation said as much to Superintendent John F. Harper of the Bartow County School System, and he assured them it would never happen again. More importantly, he said:

… “any future practice will be reviewed carefully” and that “No principal, teacher or any other school official will encourage a student in Bartow County School System to accept a Gideon Bible in the future.”

You know why I’m bringing this up.

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