Humanist Group Challenges “Prayer Requests” Board in Mississippi Middle School Classroom

It wouldn’t be surprising to see a wall of “prayer requests” like the one below at a local church:

But let’s admit this has no place in a public school.

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center says the board in the picture exists in a classroom at Oak Grove Middle School in Purvis, Mississippi.

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Colorado Pastor, Defying a Court Order, is Still Leading Prayers Outside a Public High School

This past May, teacher Robert Basevitz filed a lawsuit against the Fremont RE-2 School District in Colorado — his own District — documenting all sorts of instances in which District officials crossed the line and treated the local high school as an extension of a local church. Let me point out a couple of the violations in particular:



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Under Threat of $10,000 Fine, MS District Halts Marching Band Halftime Show Featuring Christian Hymn

I’ve posted multiple times about the Rankin County School District (in Mississippi). This is a District where a school held a religious assembly during the school day, only to be exposed by one of the students, then held another one a year later. This is a place where another school in the District held a Gideon Bible giveaway. And this is a place where the Superintendent blocked the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance. Because of all this, a judge ruled that any future violations of church/state separation would result in an automatic $10,000 fine.

You’d think officials there would finally get the hint: The School District is not a church. They cannot be in the business of promoting religion.

I guess it still hasn’t sunk in.

Last night, the Brandon High School marching band members were told — just before the first football game of the season — that they could not perform because part of their show involved the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art.”



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After Decades of Prayer at Football Games, a Georgia School Will Try a Moment of Silence Instead

You won’t be surprised to learn that in Laurens County, Georgia, where the Sheriff’s Office had a religious poem on the website and a middle school teacher once told her students that President Obama is not a Christian and neither are their parents if they vote for him, there’s long been a problem with prayers at football games.



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Even Locals Are Mad at California School Board Member Who Ranted Against Gay Marriage at Meeting

When a school board is sued over for illegally praying to Jesus at meetings, you’d think a lot of local Christians would be thrilled about it. They’ll say prayer is good, and any church/state separation group that opposes it is simply trying to persecute Christians.

We rarely see community members speak out against what the board is doing.

But that’s slowly changing in the Chino Valley Unified School District (in California). The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sued the Board for its promotion of religion, but it looks like locals are coming around to FFRF’s side… or at least they’re admitting the Board has crossed a line. Much of that stems from a July meeting when Vice President Andrew Cruz whined about marriage equality, invoked the Confederate Flag, argued that racism was over, complained about California’s recent mandatory vaccination laws… and basically did nothing that would help students.



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