A Christian attorney says an atheist organization may have a valid point in trying to stop a religious workshop for teachers, but there may be an easy solution to the problem.
WISC-TV reports the Fort Atkinson School District in Wisconsin is holding a faculty wellness event. However, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) says a workshop on the biblical perspective of joy is unconstitutional, and the Pacific Justice Institute's Brad Dacus says they may have a point.
"This seminar is during employment time for a government employer, being sponsored by the government, a local school district," he points out. "And even though there's 12 voluntary breakout sessions, it's still put on and being taught under the direction of the government."
But Dacus says structuring the workshop a little bit differently is a simple way the school district can avoid constitutional concerns.
"Simply [have] that voluntary breakout session that is religious, or from a religious perspective, to occur after this event is formally conducted," he suggests.
Dacus adds that any government office or agency considering an event with religious components should always seek the advice of legal counsel to be on the safe side.