Stop Mixing Church and State at School Board Meetings


Target: Irene Hernandez-Blair, president of the Chino Valley Unified School District

Goal: Cease all Bible readings and promotion of Christianity during school board meetings.

The Board of Education of the Chino Valley Unified School District in California is the target of a lawsuit by the Freedom From Religion Foundation accusing it of conducting meetings that “resemble a church service more than a school board meeting.” Unfortunately, the Board refuses to change its ways and plans to fight the lawsuit. Demand that the Board bow to this pressure and stop proselytizing during its meetings.

This lawsuit follows numerous complaints filed against this Board of Education for its inappropriate religious behavior by parents in the school district. It’s reported that members of the Board used its public meetings as opportunities to provide Biblical interpretations of Supreme Court decisions on same-sex marriage, thank Jesus for dying for humanity’s sins, regularly read Bible passages, and wax poetic on “how much we need God in today’s society.” When confronted with the lawsuit, one of the Board’s members, Andrew Cruz, said “you’ve got to look at the direction of our leaders because what our leaders are doing is they are eroding our rights and they’re also moving away from God.”

This is blatantly inappropriate promotion of Christianity during the carrying-out of government business. Sign the petition below to demand that the Board bow to legal and public pressure and stop promoting Christianity during its meetings.


Dear President Hernandez-Blair,

I am writing you today regarding the Freedom From Religion Foundation lawsuit that was recently leveled against your school board. You and your colleagues should do the right thing and address the grievances presented in the lawsuit.

As a school board for a public school district, you and your colleagues are responsible for abiding by the government’s rules while you are conducting its business. That includes abiding by the separation of church and state and the First Amendment, which prevents the government from establishing a state religion. The fact that your behavior has blurred those lines of conduct should be readily apparent. What is most disheartening is that you and your colleagues did not change your ways after receiving complaints from parents. The fact that you continue to refuse to change when those complaints are delivered to your doorstep with legal weight behind them is astounding.

This does not need to turn into a legal battle that the school board will, in all likelihood, lose. I demand that the Board of Education of the Chino Valley Unified School District be proactive and cease promoting Christianity at its board meetings on its own accord.


[Your Name Here]

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