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Posts tagged ‘School Prayer’

 

Public School Lawsuit Arises Over Aztec Prayer

A challenge was recently made by a group of parents to a California ethnic studies model curriculum that suggests students engage in an Aztec prayer.

November 23rd, 2021

A challenge was recently made by a group of parents to a California ethnic studies model curriculum that suggests students engage in an Aztec prayer. The parents argue that the material violates both the U.S. and state Constitutions. How the Aztec prayer Case Arose At the center of this case is the Ethnic Studies Model Read More


North Carolina Board of Education Replaces Prayer with Moment of Silence Before 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.

November 5th, 2021

The Brunswick County, North Carolina Board of Education recently marked a substantial change when the group declined to pray at the outset of its routine May meeting. The board had revised its prayer practice to the neutral and more constitutionally permissible “moment of silence” several months earlier.       How the Case Arose Brunswick County board members Read More


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

Lawmakers in Florida are currently considering a bill that would permit pre-game prayers at school-sponsored athletic events.

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


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

Lawmakers in Florida are currently considering a bill that would permit pre-game prayers at school-sponsored athletic events.

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

The Trump administration announced that it updated federal guidance for public school prayer and other regulations designed to promote religious freedom.

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


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


Kentucky School Removes “Prayer Lockers”

A high school in eastern Kentucky’s Pike County has announced its decision to remove prayer lockers from its hallways after receiving complaints.

October 23rd, 2019

A high school in eastern Kentucky’s Pike County has announced its decision to remove a prayer locker from its hallways after receiving complaints.


Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules on Prayer Issue

The Trump administration announced that it updated federal guidance for public school prayer and other regulations designed to promote religious freedom.

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


Lawsuit Announced After School Prayer Prohibited at Football Game

Lawmakers in Florida are currently considering a bill that would permit pre-game prayers at school-sponsored athletic events.

November 23rd, 2018

A 17-year-old student in Arab City, Alabama recently announced plans to pursue legal action against the Arab City School Board after it rejected his request to conduct a school prayer during a home football game. While it remains uncertain how this case will resolve, it provides a good example of the various conflicts involved in Read More