|Highway 18, Rankin County, Mississippi. Except for the ugly power lines in front of it, this is a pretty church. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Things played out much differently in 2013 when the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center sued Northwest Rankin High School in federal court on behalf of a student after the school forced students to attend Christian presentations. Descriptions of assemblies featuring Christian proselytizing and teachers blocking the exits were reported on many atheist blogs, and this quickly spread to larger more politically oriented blogs. This suit was successful and involved an admission of liability (i.e., the school had to acknowledge that they violated the Establishment Clause). One would assume that this would be a powerful lesson that would reverberate through Rankin county.