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Posts tagged ‘religion in school’

 

West Virginia Prayer Group Accused of Religious Rights Violations

A prayer group at a West Virginia public school has drawn significant attention from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

January 14th, 2022

A prayer group at a West Virginia school has drawn significant attention from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. One woman claims that the school has ordered her daughter to participate in a Prayer Club meeting at West Virginia’s public school, Chapmanville Middle. The parent additionally claims the school’s principal instructed teachers to keep the girl Read More


Operation Christmas Child Tests Constitutional Limits of Kansas Public School

Last year, the Freedom from Religion Foundation was able to stop a Kansas public school from taking part in Operation Christmas Child.

December 24th, 2021

Last year, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) focused on and was able to stop a Kansas public school from taking part in Operation Christmas Child (OCC), a yearly nonprofit activity supported by the Christian organization, Samaritan’s Purse. This case highlights the constitutional limits between public schools and religious practice. What Led to the Publication Read More


Federal Court Allows Catholic School to Fire Teacher in Same-Sex Marriage

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

December 14th, 2021

The United States District for the Southern District of Indiana recently ruled that a Roman Catholic school and its archdiocese could refuse to renew the employment contract of a guidance counselor. The counselor in question entered into a same-sex marriage after spending years at the school in various capacities ranging from choral director to guidance Read More


Siblings Banned From High School After Not Wearing Masks Due to Religious Reasons

A brother and sister were sent home from a California high school after refusing to wear masks, citing religious beliefs.

November 2nd, 2021

A brother and sister in California were recently banned from high school after they refused to wear masks on the first day of school. The father of the siblings reported that the children were told to leave Charter Schools Temecula Student Center and not come back regardless of whether or not they were wearing masks. Read More


Alabama Considers Revising Yoga Ban

Since 1993, the state of Alabama has maintained a yoga ban in public schools, arguing it is a "Hindu philosophy" and a "method of religious training."

April 17th, 2020

For more than a quarter-century, the state of Alabama banned yoga as a “Hindu philosophy” and a “method of religious training.” Lawmakers in Alabama, however, are looking to change this approach. This article reviews the yoga ban in the state of Alabama as well as the proposed changes The Yoga Ban in Alabama In 1993, Read More


Federal Court Rules Against Praying Coach

A U.S. District Court judge ruled against a praying coach who received national attention when the coach’s school prohibited him from praying on the field.

April 3rd, 2020

A United States District Court judge recently ruled against a high school football coach who received national attention when the coach’s school prohibited him from praying on the 50-yard line. The praying coach later commenced legal action on the basis that his religious rights were violated How the Case Arose Since joining the football team’s 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


Trump Administration Revises Prayer in Public School Guidance

A prayer group at a West Virginia public school has drawn significant attention from the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

March 10th, 2020

The Trump Administration recently announced that it has updated federal guidance for public school prayer as well as other regulations designed to promote religious freedom in the country. This article briefly examines the nature of these changes, how they have been received, and the impact they are likely to have The Content of the Changes Read More


Student Expelled Over Same-Sex Marriage Sues Seminary

February 19th, 2020

A student at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California recently joined a lawsuit against the school alleging that the seminary is violating federal law by terminating students due to their same-sex marriages. This case acts as an example of the obstacles that many LGBTQ students face in educational settings despite what some view as a Read More


Arkansas School District Suspends Prayers at Games and Meetings

A high school football coach vowed to appeal after the 9th Circuit upheld a decision to ban him from praying on the field at the end of games.

January 15th, 2020

The Pea Ridge Public School District in Arkansas recently announced that it will no longer schedule public prayers at games or school board meetings. This announcement comes after a resident notified the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) of public prayers being conducted, which subsequently contacted the school. The following will review the incident in questions Read More