For years now there has been a bully roaming the public schools in America. It’s been harassing students at school sponsored events, graduations, and even in the classroom with impunity. The few who stood up to it were often chastised by fellow students and ignored by faculty.
There is hope though as two brave students took on this bully, known to many as Religion. With the help of the ACLU, a small victory was won in court when U.S. District Court Judge Casey Rodgers ruled that the entire Santa Rosa County School District stop promoting religion and prayer in the classroom and at school events.
Among the First Amendment violations listed in the ACLU suit:
- Elementary graduations and middle school Christmas concerts held at churches.
- Teachers and staff at Pace High School preaching about “Judgment Day with the Lord.”
- Teachers and staff offering Bible readings and biblical interpretations during student meetings.
Rodgers’ order prohibits employees from:
- Promoting prayer at school-sponsored events, including graduation.
- Planning or financing religious baccalaureate services.
- Promoting religious beliefs to students in class or during school-sponsored events and activities.
- Holding school-sponsored events at churches.
Let’s hope this sets a precedent and gives other free-thinking students the courage to stand up and fight.
Religion is a personal choice and should remain as such. Why Christians, Jews, Muslims, and all the others feel the need to spread their “religious seed” is something I will never understand or tolerate. Keep religion in church where it belongs :) It’s just that simple!
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