Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Lawsuit Opposes Religious Activities In Tennessee School

Two families who are atheists have filed suit against a Tennessee school board challenging religious practices at a Smith County middle school and high school.  The complaint (full text) in Butler v. Smith County Board of Education, (MD TN, filed 11/18/2019), alleges in part:
For years, [school officials] have routinely promoted and inculcated Christian religious beliefs by sponsoring religious activities and conveying religious messages to students at these two schools. School-sponsored prayer is common at athletic and other school events; religious iconography and messages adorn the walls of the schools; and teachers proselytize their Christian faith.
ACLU of Tennessee issued a press release with more background on the case. KRTV News reports on the lawsuit.