An Atheist group has reportedly convinced a public school in Pennsylvania that ‘God Bless America’ as part of the schools prayer is illegal.
A religious rights attorney says a public school in Pennsylvania is on legal grounds to push back against an atheist group and its demands.
But it appears, at least for now, that won’t happen.
Students at Sabold Elementary School in Springfield recite the Pledge of Allegiance over the school intercom each morning, then after the pledge someone ends the patriotic moment with the phrase, “God bless America.”
But a parent allegedly complained and the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation predictably accused the school of violating the Establishment Clause, and officials within the Springfield School District immediately backed down.
FFRF bragged in a press release, in fact, that its complaint was met with “receptive ears” from the school’s legal counsel and from Superintendent Anthony Barber.
When a complaint reaches them, atheist groups such as FFRF are ready to pounce on a public school, or a city council or county commission, with a letter warning that the public body is violating the U.S. Constitution, and there is often the warning that a lawsuit is coming unless they back down.
Meanwhile, religious liberty groups such as First Liberty Institute, Alliance Defending Freedom, and Becket are often contacted too late to reassure worried public officials that they are not violating the U.S. Constitution.
Such groups also routinely promise to defend the public bodies pro bono from a lawsuit.
Jeremy Dys of First Liberty Institute tells OneNewsNow he was bothered that the school’s attorney took the complaint seriously and advised school officials to cave.
“If your school district gets that kind of a call, or gets that letter,” Dys advises, “it is very simple: Ignore it. It’s not worth the paper it’s written on.”
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