Nicole Ambrose, a teacher at Churchland High School, slammed the Portsmouth, Virginia, School Board on Sept. 24 for allowing a Christian prayer to be recited at a back-to-school convocation on Aug. 27 (video below).
"A government-sponsored event in which prayers, invocations and benedictions are being led in the name of Jesus Christ is an event that violates the principle of the separation of church and state," Ambrose told the school board, reports The Virginian-Pilot.
Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Prince, chaplain for the U.S. Coast Guard's 5th District, prayed at the event: "Lord Jesus, as you walked upon this earth, many people called you rabbi, teacher. In the Gospel of Matthew, you entrust your people with the task of teaching all nations."
The convocation event was attended by teachers, school bus drivers, custodians, and principals, noted The Virginian-Pilot on Aug. 28.
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School board member Cardell Patillo later told Ambrose that the board was "taking that seriously."
However, board member Claude Parent countered, "I don't believe at our convocation that we were in violation of any of those. I think you're taking exception to the fact that the name of Jesus Christ was used."
Ambrose nodded, as her point was that the prayer to Jesus promoted Christianity.
(Note: Prayer begins at 8:50 mark)