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Posts tagged ‘prayer at school’

 

Florida Legislators Debate Proposal to Allow Pre-Game Prayers at Athletic Events

A federal judge will rule in a prayer lawsuit over whether an athletic association violated the first amendment rights of a Christian school.

April 14th, 2020

Lawmakers in Florida are currently considering a regulation that would permit pre-game prayers before sports games. This bill is motivated in part by a recent lawsuit between a Christian school and the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA). The proposed regulation would require the FHSAA to provide schools with 30 seconds for opening remarks over Read More


Alabama Superintendent Defends School Baptisms

A federal judge will rule in a prayer lawsuit over whether an athletic association violated the first amendment rights of a Christian school.

March 25th, 2020

The Freedom From Religion Foundation called for an investigation after 26 Alabama high school football players were baptized at the school’s football stadium. While the organization claims that school baptisms leave non-religious and non-Christian students at the school feeling ostracized, a superintendent for the school has commented that the school followed all necessary laws. It Read More


Supreme Court Declines to Hear Football Prayer Case

The Supreme Court will revisit the issue of school prayer after it heard the case of a football coach who was fired for praying on the field.

February 13th, 2019

The United States Supreme Court recently declined to hear an appeal by a high school football coach who was dismissed by his school district because the man prayed on the field immediately following football games. This decision occurred despite commentary by four of the Supreme Court justices that they were troubled by the coach’s dismissal Read More


Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on Prayer Issue

Oklahoma considers a bill that would permit fining teachers if they provide opposing views to the religious beliefs of students. 

January 30th, 2019

The United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently supported a ruling by a three-judge panel that prohibits a California district from continuing its prayer policy. In arriving at this decision, the Ninth Circuit explained why the prayers in this prayer policy differed from legislative chaplain prayers which were upheld by the United States Supreme Read More


Complaint Alleges Unconstitutional Prayer at College Graduation

A complaint was recently filed against Muskegon Community College because it included a religious prayer at its 2018 graduation ceremony.

December 5th, 2018

A complaint was recently filed against Muskegon Community College because it included a religious prayer at its 2018 graduation ceremony. The complaint was initiated by the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists in response to a prayer that was delivered during the 2018 graduation ceremony by a master of ceremonies. The Content of the Speech Read More


Debate Ensues after Prayer Circle Held at Michigan School

The Supreme Court will revisit the issue of school prayer after it heard the case of a football coach who was fired for praying on the field.

October 23rd, 2018

Michigan’s Lake City community is responding after the local high school removed a video depicting a “family circle” from social media. This “family circle” occurred at a football field where coaches, players, and fans held hands to pray for the coach’s daughter, who is in the hospital. Despite the small size of the community, the Read More


Ninth Circuit Denies Prayer at School Board Meetings

LifeWise Academy requested that Hilliard City Schools in Ohio let students choose to receive religious programming at off-site locations.

August 10th, 2018

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a California school board is prohibited from including prayers or making reference to Christian scripture at its meetings. This decision comes after the court upheld a 2016 injunction forbidding these practices. This decision sheds some important light on the role of prayer in school meetings. Origins Read More


Legal Action Taken Against Group That Tried to Stop School Prayer

Oklahoma considers a bill that would permit fining teachers if they provide opposing views to the religious beliefs of students. 

March 23rd, 2018

  Members of an Ohio community have initiated an action against a group that tried to pressure a high school to ban its tradition of school prayer before sporting events. The Freedom from Religion Foundation reports that the organization received a complaint from two concerned citizens who alleged serious violations of the constitution by the Read More


School District in Nevada Challenges First Amendment

A federal court in Indiana recently ruled that a Catholic school could refuse to renew the employment contract of a gay guidance counselor.

February 15th, 2018

  Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, a Christian church in Nevada, recently announced that its First Amendment rights are being violated by a rural school district ban on promotional flyers that the church wants to distribute at school programs. This announcement was made in a letter that was sent to the Lyon County School District seeking Read More


Louisiana School District Cited for Religious Practice in School

New Jersey Department of Education sends guidelines to schools explaining how to follow 2017 protection laws for transgender students.

December 20th, 2017

  There have been many cases in the news regarding the role that religious practice such as prayer should play in public schools. Recently, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a watchdog group in Washington D.C., accused the Bossier School District in Louisiana of violating the law in this area by implementing improper Christian prayer at public Read More