Attorney: Schools can push back atheist threats

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Bob Kellogg (

U.S. ConstitutionA public school district in Indiana has agreed to stop student invocations at school events after repeated threats from an atheist organization.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation earlier this year began sending letters to Jennings County Schools requesting that prayer be kept out of district-sponsored events because it claims the practice is unconstitutional.

Jennings and other public schools are often threatened with a costly lawsuit and the claim that they are violating the Establishment Clause, both standard tactics used by FFRF and other similar groups that often prove successful.

Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute says the district can allow student-led prayers, explaining that the key issue is if the prayer is initiated by students or by the school itself.

"That's the legal test that the courts will look at," he tells OneNewsNow.

Yet the school dropped prayer at their events, stating that it didn't want to offend the 35 percent of young Americans who are supposedly not religious.

With Donald Trump soon to take the oath of office, Dacus believes the constant pressure from FFRF and other leftist groups that oppose prayer in schools may recede.

"Hopefully this Trump administration will appoint members to the Supreme Court and federal judges that will reconcile this in a manner that is friendly toward faith, not openly hostile and hypocritical," he says.

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