Humanists Demand an End to Teacher-Led Prayer Sessions at Missouri High School

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The American Humanist Association’s legal center sent a letter to school officials in Fayette, Missouri, demanding they take steps to end weekly morning prayer sessions held by a teacher at Fayette High School (FHS).


“Students are encouraged to attend these sessions by an announcement made by the principal over the school’s intercom system,” the letter states. “These public school prayer sessions are clearly unconstitutional.”

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center’s letter, dated May 15, 2013, outlines the reasons why the Friday morning prayers organized and led by Gwen Pope, a FHS teacher, are unconstitutional. “Courts have … consistently ruled that the Establishment Clause prohibits teachers from leading, sponsoring, or participating in prayer with students, whether during school hours or not,” the letter points out. “Not only is leading students in prayer at school unconstitutional, so is ‘inviting or encouraging students to pray.’”

As well as conducting prayer sessions on school grounds during the school day, Mrs. Pope also “prominently displays Christian literature on her desk,” the letter reveals, also a constitutional violation.


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    • In reply to #2 by therbert03:

      I am SO waiting for a Muslim teacher to start leading students in adulations to Allah. We’ll see what happens when the shoe is on the other foot.

      My sentiments, exactly.
      I’ve often asked christians if they would allow Muslims to have multiple prayer times and the majority of replies were no. I said, “now you know why no religion has the Constitutional authority to rear its head in a public school.”

    • In reply to #2 by therbert03:

      I am SO waiting for a Muslim teacher to start leading students in adulations to Allah. We’ll see what happens when the shoe is on the other foot.

      Just come to Toronto, they even make the girls sick in the back and segregate the ones having their period.

      • One question – how do they know which girls are having their periods? Do Muslim women have to announce it or wear a red niqab or something?
        In reply to #4 by aquilacane:

        In reply to #2 by therbert03:

        I am SO waiting for a Muslim teacher to start leading students in adulations to Allah. We’ll see what happens when the shoe is on the other foot.

        Just come to Toronto, they even make the girls sick in the back and segregate the ones having their period.

  1. My son went to an elementary school in Maryland on the eastern shore. Every year they invited the Gideons onto school grounds to hand out bibles. It took just one communication from the ACLU to put a stop to the practice. Many people thought it harmless, and the school said they sent out notices every time when this was to happen, and that no child is forced to accept the bibles. We received no such notice the two years my son went there. That was back in 2008, and the person who originally lodged the complaint has long since left the area, as have we. It would not surprise me in the least if the school resumed the practice.

  2. These religionuts have churches galore in which to display and express their piety. They can spend every waking moment when they’re not at work on their knees in the church of their choice. They are free to pray, chant, speak in tongues, lay on hands, and flail around “in the Spirit” at church and at home. They can put up Ten Commandment plaques, pictures of Jesus. crosses, and Nativity scenes on every square inch of church property or their own walls or front lawns. They can plaster their cars with Jesus fish and religious bumper stickers. They can build whole monuments to their stupid myths with their own money on private property and invite the public in.

    Yet, they’re “persecuted” when told they can’t do it in public schools. They interpret the Constitution however they want to, cherry-picking it just like they do the Bible, and denying any interpretation that interferes with their goal of destroying secular education and government and building a theocracy. But they’re still so, so persecuted.

  3. I´m in full agreement with any move to stop organised prayers of any kind of religious natureb in schools……school is not the place ….it is a place for learning facts Not magic

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