Religion

California School Board Sued for Christian Prayers, Proselytizing

| by Michael Allen

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed a lawsuit last week against the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education in California for allegedly reciting Christian prayers, reading the Bible and telling people to convert to Christianity during meetings.

According to a press release by the FFRF, the school board meetings "open with a prayer, and often include bible readings and proselytizing by board members."

The FFRF claims that Board President James Na often references Christianity and has "urged everyone who does not know Jesus Christ to go and find Him."

Student attendance is sometimes mandatory at school board meetings, and there is a student representative on the board.

According to The Friendly Atheist, the FFRF lists the following Bible verses in their lawsuit as being recited in school board meetings: Psalm 143:8, 2 Corinthians, Galatians 16, Galatians 2, Romans 15:6 and Galatians 5:22-23.

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The FFRF believes the school board's prayers, Bible readings and proselytizing violates the Establishment Clause, the Equal Protection Clause and the California Constitution.

Additionally, the FFRF says it has contacted the school board, which has denied requests to cease its religious activities.

Sources: FFRF.org, The Friendly Atheist