Complaint says Louisiana school prayer boxes wrongly promote religion

Oct 6, 2015

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By Associated Press

The American Civil Liberties Union is accusing the Bossier Parish School Board of wrongly promoting religion by allowing the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to set up prayer-request boxes at Airline High School in Bossier City.

The ACLU, in an open letter dated Thursday, says that’s one in a pattern of activities violates the Constitution’s First Amendment prohibition against establishment of religion. The group also cites a website message from Airline High principal Jason Rowland that includes the phrase “The Future Starts Today — May God Bless You All”

District spokeswoman Sonja Bailes said the school board and superintendent will discuss the situation at the board’s Thursday meeting

“The system respects both the law and the religious beliefs of all its students and employees,” Bailes wrote in a Friday email.

Marjorie Esman, executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana, demanded that the prayer request boxes be removed and that references to prayer stop on school district websites. The group also demanded that school employees be educated about protecting students and staff from religious indoctrination and that Rowland be told school communications can’t include “religious references of any kind.”


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11 comments on “Complaint says Louisiana school prayer boxes wrongly promote religion

  • @OP – The group also cites a website message from Airline High principal Jason Rowland that includes the phrase “The Future Starts Today — May God Bless You All”

    Or – translated into English:-

    “The DELUSION Starts Today — May God-delusions invade You All”



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  • Let’s not forget that Christianity is a thriving business in Louisiana, and Jesus likes nothing better than a good prophet.

    With some 2 billion people worldwide praying to Jesus for this that and the other, I wonder if He has the time to intercept prayers bound for Allah ?



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  • It’s pretty simple, the only appropriate place for a prayer box is in a church or a private residence (where it would look sufficiently ridiculous). End of story. The law is clearly on the ACLU’s side here, thank dog.



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  • The Future Starts Today . . .

    I am a fan of the films of Ed Wood jnr, purely because they are so awful. That phrase reminds me of the opening of Plan 9 From Outer Space where the “psychic” Criswell opens the dialogue with: “Greetings friends, we are all interested in the future for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.”

    The Wikipedia description of him contains: ” . . . known by his stage-name The Amazing Criswell /ˈkrɪzwɛl/, was an American psychic known for wildly inaccurate predictions.”

    On the whole, I think the corny Criswell has more sense than Jason Rowland and prayer boxes.



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  • This is the first time I’ve ever encountered anything about a “prayer box.” So I guess they’re like miniature wailing walls. You stick a little note inside, assuming it will eventually somehow arrive at Santa’s workshop at the north pole, when in reality, a janitorial staff comes in the evening and merely tosses all the little notes in the trash.



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  • Whereas, the Bossier Parish School Board recognizes that religious liberty is the “first freedom” guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution, and that our history and tradition respect the “freedom of religion,” not the “freedom from religion”

    From the School Board’s reply to the ACLU. A government entity actually took the time to debate and approve this language. I’m not a lawyer, but it sure looks to me like Bossier Parish has singled out a class of people (those who wish to be free of religion) as not meriting equal protection under the law.



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  • Whereas, the Bossier Parish School Board recognizes that religious liberty is the “first freedom” guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution, and that our history and tradition respect the “freedom of religion,” not the “freedom from religion”

    Prayer Boxes????
    Don’t they know that Prayer Wheels are the proper method for Tantric contemplation??? – or was that “freedom of religion” only freedom to indulge ONE religion – as seen through Xtian blinkers??

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayer_wheel



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  • Prayer boxes are an insult to my religion. They should be taken down asap!
    Prayers are an insult to my religion too.
    Praise thy Dog. Dog will comfort you in your time of need.



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