School District Cowers to Atheist Group, Moves to End Graduation Prayer

  • 07/14/2017
  • Source: The Blaze
  • by: Tre Goins-Phillips
School District Cowers to Atheist Group, Moves to End Graduation Prayer
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One Indiana school district has kowtowed to a prominent atheist group’s complaint about incorporating prayer into its graduation ceremonies.

Elkhart Community Schools received a letter of complaint last month from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation regarding the fact that prayers were featured in a graduation ceremony at the Roosevelt STEAM Academy, an elementary school with a hands-on approach to science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

In a response sent to the FFRF late last month, Elkhart Schools District Counsel Chief of Staff and General Counsel W. Douglas Thorne confirmed to the atheist organization that the schools would stop including prayer in their ceremonies.

“The Elkhart Community Schools understand our obligation to maintain a status of neutrality on matters related to religious belief, and to avoid actions which might be construed as endorsement of any particular religious beliefs,” Thorne wrote. “Our obligation to maintain a status of religious neutrality is communicated to our staff at all levels on a regular basis.”
 Source: The Blaze
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