[post by UptheFlag]
Here in Pearl,MS, a very bible belt suburb of Jackson, a 17 year old female
high school student is suing the County School Board over separation of
church and state. The high school has allowed Christian students to hold
a number of come to Jesus Christ and Christian prayers at school assemblies.
It is alleged that students were required to attend.
The school superintendent says they are student led and, therefore, not
school sponsored and within the guidelines of the Supreme Court. The
American Humanist Association is representing the student. They say because
the teachers take their classes to the assembly to receive a Christian program
and asked to say a prayer it is a violation.
Moreover, an elementary parent in the same county has filed a complaint. The
School Board permits ministers to come into schools at lunch time and visit with
the kids. Recently, a minister approached a Muslim child and told her Christian
friends to pray for her because she would go to hell.
Are these violations of the First Amendment? The Board is arguing that it
is “free speech.” They claim they are following the Constitution on free speech
and the guidelines of the Supreme Court because the events are not school
sanctioned. They maintain that their policies are in order.