Court allows our church-state lawsuit against Texas school board to go forward

Our AHA legal team has scored a victory in Texas, where a Fort Worth federal court has refused to dismiss our church-state case against a local school board. The suit alleges that the Birdville School District’s policy and practice of opening meetings with prayers violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. After the AHA team filed the suit, the defendants responded with a motion to dismiss, which we opposed. The judge’s ruling denying the motion means the case will now go forward. Stay tuned. More on the story here.

 

Reason Rally set for June 4, 2016

Several of the nation’s largest secular groups are joining forces to sponsor another Reason Rally in Washington, D.C.  Like the first Reason Rally in 2012, the event will be a celebration of secularity, with a festival atmosphere and a lineup of speakers and entertainers. Tens of thousands of seculars from all over the country and beyond attended the 2012 event (including yours truly), which was a great success despite being held in March with raw, damp weather.

The 2016 Reason Rally is scheduled for June 4, and promises to bring out an even bigger crowd. The rally takes place at the Lincoln Memorial, on the Mall with the Capitol in the background. The idea of atheists, agnostics, humanists, and freethinkers coming out in numbers and marching on Washington would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, so the rally has to be seen as a sign of the increased visibility of the secular demographic. To stay up-to-date on new announcements about the speakers and other details, follow the Reason Rally on Facebook. I’ll be posting more about it here from time to time as well.

 

Legal Victory: School Removes Teacher’s Prayer Request Board

Our latest legal victory at the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center comes from Mississippi, where a public school agreed to remove a teacher’s “prayer request” board in response to our complaint. Full story here.