Legal Center Files Suit Over Christian Assemblies at Rankin County Schools


The American Humanist Association’s legal center filed a lawsuit at 2:30 p.m. ET yesterday against Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, Mississippi, challenging the school’s recent mandatory student assemblies that presented a Christian message as a violation of the separation of church and state.

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center learned from Northwest Rankin High School students that a mandatory assembly was held during school hours on April 9 where a representative of the Pinelake Baptist Church spoke of finding “hope” in “Jesus Christ.”

According to students present, those who attempted to leave were prevented from doing so. At the end of the presentation, the speakers led the students in a Christian prayer.

Attorneys for the Appignani Humanist Legal Center sent a letter to the school condemning the assembly as unconstitutional but did not receive a reply.

Written By: Appignani Humanist Legal Center
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  1. I’m hopeful that things like this will see the end of the “student led activity” loophole that the faith-heads are using to force their stuff into schools

  2. I would have hoped some of the students would have forced their way out of that assembly regardless who, or how they were being detained.

  3. It’s just utterly unbelievable that adults could stand at the doors of the assembly room blocking exit to people, no children, that don’t want to be preached at! What is their thought process, hold them down until the devil leaves?

    Having grown up in an entirely different world I would certainly have stood up and talked over the preacher about my rights not to have his shit forced down my throat. It’s hard to believe that in “the land of the free” they have so little freedoms (other that the freedom to own as many guns as the Taliban).

  4. Christian values – force christian dogma on everyone, everywhere any time even when it is not legally allowed and on those who don’t want it.

  5. Sounds like they may not be able to use this loophole since apparently the school sent an email to all of the teachers telling them that student attendance was required. A hefty law suit should put this to rest . . . I hope.In reply to #1 by wdbailey:

    I’m hopeful that things like this will see the end of the “student led activity” loophole that the faith-heads are using to force their stuff into schools

  6. They should probably sue to have the management of the school fined/fired and to lose funding. If is a form of assault to hold someone against their will and force religious propaganda on them. It would not be surprised it technically they could be charged with the same law used against sexual kidnappers.

  7. Ah “Religious Freedom”, the freedom from restrictions of any kind, silly little things like laws or the US Constitution.

  8. They know exactly what they are doing, it’s being done intentionally, it’s a direct challenge to previous Supreme Court rulings, the court is already packed with conservatives, Obama won’t get to change the balance and he’ll be lucky to get a nominee on that maintains the status quo, don’t be surprised if by 2012 we have GOP in control of all House, Senate and White House, and an increase in conservatives (and young ones like the current chief) on the court that will last at least 20 years. Court decisions are very political, they do respond to social pressure.

    They are like pyromaniacs, setting off fires of all kinds, grass, brush, forests, houses. (separation, abortion, evolution,creationism, climate change,…). You can only fight so many fires in so many places at the same time. What the hell do you do if everyone decides to ignore the law, you get an executive who won’t enforce it, a legislature than changes it or refuses to fund implementation or enforcement, and a radical coalition that believes in bullying opponents into submission or resignation and buying control of media, opinion, regulatory bodies and elected officials?

  9. It is nice to see that this is shocking in America. I had to sit through a Christian assembly lead by the local vicar five days a week throughout my time at primary school, with prayers at the end of each lesson… proper science lesson were out of the question of course.

  10. alaskansee 3

    (other that the freedom to own as many guns as the Taliban).

    Oh, we own a lot more guns than the Taliban!

  11. Faculty mandated religion in school should be treated with the same hostility as pedophilia. It is, after all, the violation of a child’s mind.

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