Wadena Nativity Scene in Local Park Will Come Down After Resident Points Out That It’s Illegal

A Nativity scene in a Wadena (Minnesota) park will be coming down after the city council was told it was violating the law:

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“Jesus Welcomes You to Hawkins” Sign in Texas is Somehow Still at the Center of Controversy

Remember the 18-foot-wide sign welcoming visitors to the city of Hawkins, Texas?

Mayor Will Rogers had defended the Jesus-tastic sign even after receiving a letter of complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. At one point, he said it wasn’t religious at all. He later said the sign should stay because Jesus was like Superman — and if the FFRF didn’t want a fictional being (in their opinion) welcoming people to Hawkins, then they would oppose Superman, too. So there.

Eventually, the city council voted to do the right thing and take down the sign.

I thought we were done with this story, but it just got weirder after that.

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Portland Public School Choirs Will No Longer Sing “Sacred” Music at Catholic Shrine After Board Vote

For several weeks now, there’s been a lot of chatter in Oregon because students in the Portland Public Schools were told they could no longer perform at The Grotto during the Catholic shrine’s Festival of Lights in December. The longtime tradition came to an end after the Freedom From Religion Foundation pointed out that the Grotto is a religious venue.

Even more damning, when school choirs were invited to perform at the Grotto, they were explicitly told not to sing traditional holiday songs; rather, they were told to stick to songs about Jesus.

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After Complaint, Texas Principal Will Stop Promoting Religion While on the Job

Back in September, I posted about a Texas principal who thought he was being paid to act as a priest. Prosper High School Principal Greg Wright preached at a See You at the Pole event and single-handedly formed a Christian club at the school. Neither was legal and both showed a complete disregard for students to handle their own religious activities. At the same time, teachers at the school were leading religious clubs and at least one staffer had religious iconography hanging in her office.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to the Prosper Independent School District listing Wright’s repeated constitutional violations:

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Texas Primary School Principal’s Office Includes Christian Symbols Everywhere

If you were to walk into Principal Julie Johnson‘s office at Monday Primary School in Kaufman, Texas, this is what you’d see along the way:

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