Lousiana School District Ends Event Prayers After Threat from American Humanist Association


A Louisiana school district has put an end to event prayers after being threatened with a lawsuit if it failed to remove them from school functions.

The American Humanist Association recently sent a letter to school administrators at the St. Mary Parish School District in Centerville, Louisiana, alleging that a Morgan City high school student complained about prayer during a mandatory Veteran’s Day assembly.

On November 11, students attending the event were instructed to stand and bow their heads as an adult led a Christian prayer.

The AHA warned that if the district didn’t take action within the week, they would file a federal lawsuit.

The school district has since responded, stating prayer at school events violates their policy and they’ll be no more future incidents.

“Schools should be educating students, not promoting religion,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “When prayers are led by teachers or administrators, it shows a lack of respect for religious minorities and students with no religion.”

Click here to view a copy of the letter sent by the Appignani Humanist Legal Center.

Click here to view a copy of the school district’s response.


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