By Sarah Rose
The Florence-Penrose School District superintendent says there is a separation of church and state in the district, but a teacher in the district disagrees.
Robert Basevitz filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, claiming Florence High School “operates largely to promote the evangelical Christian ideals” of The Cowboy Church at Crossroads.
The church rents cafeteria space at FHS for Sunday morning services, hosts prayer every morning before school around the flagpole and hosts bible study and pizza during lunch in a school classroom, according to the Denver Post.
“Generally speaking, students are allowed to participate in student-led groups, regardless of the content of those groups, but that’s a much different situation that we have here where these religious activities were promoted by, sponsored by and endorsed by the school faculty,” Paul Maxon, attorney for Basevitz, told the Daily Record on Wednesday. “That really sent a message to the students and the faculty members that the school had an official religion.”
Maxon said school employees distribute bibles to the students.
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