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Church-State Appeal Arguments

I haven’t posted much recently because I’ve been very busy with legal work. One thing I’ve been working an is an appeal of a church-state case in Colorado. It finally went to court yesterday, in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado. The case involves a school district that has actively and repeatedly supported Christian missionary organizations.  Coverage here from the Denver Post.

 

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.

 

Teacher or Preacher?

Our latest legal complaint at the American Humanist Association involves a Texas teacher who promotes Christianity in her classroom. She’s placed a large Christian cross in the room, and she’s made statements such as telling the class that nobody is perfect except for one person, “Our Lord.” Here’s a story from the local newspaper, the Brownsville Herald.

As I told the reporter, the Constitution requires religious neutrality from teachers. This is a simple concept, but many school officials seem to have trouble grasping it. Instead, they feel that their majority faith holds a privileged position in the community. We have to remind them that public schools are for everyone, not just Christians. Our letter to school officials demands corrective action. Stay tuned to see how they respond.

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.

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