Lawsuits against See You At The Pole
CHaynes at freedomforum.org
Mon Sep 25 15:20:20 PDT 2006
I have been in many school districts over the past few years -- and almost all have SYATP events without much controversy. Some school officials are concerned about staff participation, especially when the event is held just before the bell rings. A few districts prohibit staff participation, many others ignore it. But that is the only point of tension surrounding the event that I know about... Charles Haynes
From: religionlaw-bounces at lists.ucla.edu on behalf of Ed Brayton
Sent: Mon 9/25/2006 5:49 PM
To: Religionlaw list
Subject: Lawsuits against See You At The Pole
I came across this statement on the ADF's blog about See You At The Pole
events, which are coming up in a couple days:
"Considering the decline in the moral values of America's youth, teen
pregnancy, and school violence, SYATP is seen by many as a refreshing
and much needed injection of religion and faith in an increasingly dark
sector of our society. To others, however, this annual event violates
the separation of church and state and should be prohibited, thereby
setting up a constitutional showdown in our public schools."
But I'm not aware of any lawsuit ever being filed that claims that this
event is unconstitutional. The Rutherford Institute refers to a few
incidents where schools have refused to allow the event to be promoted
over the PA system and such, but no suits actually challenging the
constitutionality of the event. Does anyone know what they're referring
to? If there have been such lawsuits filed, or even such opposition
stated, I'd like to see documentation of it.
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