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Challenging School Board Prayer in Texas

Our American Humanist Association Appignani Humanist Legal Center is challenging the prayer practices of a school board in Birdville, Texas. When attorneys for the school board were unsuccessful in their motion to dismiss the lawsuit, they filed an appeal with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. This week we filed our brief with the appellate court.

The school board in question invited young elementary school children to each of its meetings to conduct an opening prayer, with the board members even participating in the prayer with the child. This is a blatant church-state violation. School board members are claiming that they are personally immune from liability for the alleged violations. Needless to say, we strongly disagree. The complete AHA brief can be found at this link.