Appeals Court Reverses Ruling on Bayview Park Cross: Display ‘Does Not Violate the First Amendment’

Appeals Court Reverses Ruling on Bayview Park Cross: Display ‘Does Not Violate the First Amendment’

ATLANTA, Ga. — The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed its ruling upholding a lower court order to remove a cross display in Florida, and as per the guidance of the U.S. Supreme Court upon remand, has rather found that its public placement does not infringe the Constitution and that taking it down could […]

Nevada School Board to No Longer Open Public Meetings With Prayer Following Complaint

Nevada School Board to No Longer Open Public Meetings With Prayer Following Complaint

LAS VEGAS — A school board in Nevada has decided to no longer open its public meetings with prayer following receipt of a letter from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). FFRF had written to the Clark County School District in December to state that “a concerned local resident” had advised that the board […]

W. Va. City Replaces Prayer Before Council Meetings With Humanistic Invocation Following Complaint

W. Va. City Replaces Prayer Before Council Meetings With Humanistic Invocation Following Complaint

WHEELING, W.Va. — A city in West Virginia has replaced the presentation of a prayer prior to city council meetings with a generalized, secular invocation following receipt of a complaint from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). FFRF had sent a letter to Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott on Jan. 9 after being informed by […]

Freedom From Religion Foundation Asks City in Illinois to Remove Cross From Tunnel Mural

Freedom From Religion Foundation Asks City in Illinois to Remove Cross From Tunnel Mural

EFFINGHAM, Ill. — The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has requested that a city in Illinois remove a cross from a mural painted on a tunnel on city-owned property. A “Let the Cross Stay” petition has consequently been launched in an effort to urge city council members to uphold the mural — a petition […]

‘They’re Wrong’: Ala. Sheriff’s Office Rejects Atheist Assertion Govt. Can’t ‘Call on Citizens to Pray’ in Wake of Tragedy

‘They’re Wrong’: Ala. Sheriff’s Office Rejects Atheist Assertion Govt. Can’t ‘Call on Citizens to Pray’ in Wake of Tragedy

JASPER, Ala. — A sheriff’s office in Alabama says that it will not be responding to a letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) requesting that it cease calling upon the community to pray in the wake of tragedies. The Walker County Sheriff’s Office does not believe it is in violation of the U.S. […]

Sheriff ‘Won’t Bow’ After Freedom From Religion Foundation Asks Him to Stop Promoting Prayer Following Tragedies

Sheriff ‘Won’t Bow’ After Freedom From Religion Foundation Asks Him to Stop Promoting Prayer Following Tragedies

JASPER, Ala. — An Alabama sheriff’s office says that it “won’t bow” to the bidding of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) after it received a letter requesting that Sheriff Nick Smith cease promoting prayer on social media as it favors religion over non-religion. FFRF contacted Sheriff Nick Smith of the Walker County Sheriff’s Office […]

Massachusetts School District Puts End to Prayer at School-Sponsored Events Following Complaint From Atheist Group

Massachusetts School District Puts End to Prayer at School-Sponsored Events Following Complaint From Atheist Group

CANTON, Mass. — A Massachusetts school district has decided to no longer allow prayers at graduation ceremonies or other school-sponsored events following receipt of a complaint from one of the nation’s most conspicuous professing atheist groups. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to the superintendent of Canton Public Schools after […]