4/28/13

Public School Students in Mississippi Forced to Attend Christian Lectures While Teachers Block Exits

Map of Mississippi highlighting Rankin County
Map of Mississippi highlighting Rankin County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The separation of church and state is under attack here in Mississippi. We have teacher-led prayer taking place in our public schools in clear violation of the U.S. Constitution and considerable case law, and our elected officials seem to be determined to remove any legal obstacles to having even more of it. Under the guise of religious freedom, they are seeking the freedom to impose their particular brand of evangelical fundamentalist Christianity on the rest of us.

And now, right on the heels of news that Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree is using city resources to promote religion through his annual prayer breakfast, even more disturbing news out of Mississippi is starting to gain national attention.

According to The Raw Story, Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood is being sued by the American Humanist Association after allegedly forcing students to watch a Christian video and attend a sectarian religious presentation given by church officials.
The school has held at least three mandatory assemblies about finding hope in Jesus Christ this month, according to the lawsuit. The assemblies showed a video laced with Christian messages about overcoming personal hardships through Jesus Christ and were allegedly led by local church officials.
Students attending a public high school in our state were allegedly required to attend assemblies where they got to hear all about Jesus offering some sort of blood sacrifice for our "sins." The lawsuit alleges that the assemblies wrapped up with prayer "and teachers blocked the exits to prevent students from leaving." So much for religious freedom, huh?

This lawsuit should be a clear victory for the American Humanist Association and will hopefully serve as a wake-up call to those in our state who appear to view public schools as little more than an opportunity to push their superstitions on a captive audience. If you are interested in joining the American Humanist Association to support their efforts, you can do so on their website.

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