Target: Robert O. Hastings, Superintendent of the Levy County School Board
Goal: End unconstitutional preaching of Christian themes and events in schools.
Public school children are being told that they are “possessions of God,” and more, during their days in the the classrooms of Levy County, Florida, according to a religious freedom watchdog organization. This is a blatant violation of our country’s separation of church and state. Demand that this evangelical behavior in these schools be put to an end at once.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has accused the schools in Levy County of pervasive and continual violations of church-state separation. According to the organization, teachers in the county regularly display religious signs and plaques in their classrooms, including messages aimed at students telling them that “God danced the day you were born” and “You are a gift of God. His own possession.”
The organization also accuses the county school board of opening up meetings with Christian invocations, school administrators of promoting churches and church events to students on school grounds, and teachers of holding the Christian Global Day of Prayer on school grounds during active school hours.
These kinds of activities are blatantly contrary to the United States Constitution. Public school educators cannot preach Christianity, or any other religion, to their students. Sign the petition below to demand that the Levy County School Board Superintendent immediately stop all the evangelization taking place in his schools.
Dear Superintendent Hastings,
I am writing you today regarding the accusations that have recently been leveled against you and your county’s schools by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). Inappropriate evangelization in public schools is a serious allegation that must be dealt with quickly and sincerely.
According to FFRF, teachers, administrators, and even you and your fellow school board members have been using your positions of authority to inject Christianity into your county’s public schools. Unfortunately for both you and your students, such actions are blatantly contrary to our Constitution.
The First Amendment includes the Establishment Clause, which guarantees that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” You, your school board members, your school administrators, and your teachers, as representatives and employees of your local and state governments, are bound by the same restrictions. If the allegations the FFRF have brought to light are true, you and your schools have been violating those restrictions.
Regardless of how good one’s intentions are, public schools cannot advocate religion. I demand that you immediately put an end to the Christian evangelization reportedly taking place in your county schools.
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