Friday, July 22, 2005

Morning Bible club at school did not violate law

The American Civil Liberties Union is still considering a lawsuit against a Louisiana teacher who led a before-school Bible Club in Tangipahoa Parish in Lousiana.
ACLU officials are considering their next step after federal court judge Ginger Berrigan said the meeting, which included a silent prayer following the Pledge of Allegiance, did not violate the First Amendment establishment clause.
Apparently, the school had an agreement with ACLU officials not to have prayer on school campus, but the judge said the agreement doesn't prohibit all prayer on school property. It only "prohibits religious invocations at athletic events, prayers offered over the public address system and prayer during school assemblies."
After ruling, ACLU officials indicated they might file a separate lawsuit which would be directed at the teacher and not the school district, according to an Associated Press article.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Did the teacher force students to participate? If there teacher was simply the sponsor of the event and students were allowed to come and go as they please, I see nothing wrong.