Nevada school board to stop prayer after Madison, Wisconsin atheists complain

(NEWS 3) The Clark County School District is no longer beginning its Board of School Trustees meetings with an invocation, or a prayer asking for God’s help and blessing, after a complaint was filed by the Freedom of Religion Foundation.

The foundation said Monday, Feb. 10, that it learned the board began meetings with prayer in December, citing one meeting that month which it says started with the Pledge of Allegiance and an invocation.

During this meeting, the foundation says that the board asked those present to “remain standing” after the pledge, regardless of religious leanings, and introduces a preacher form the Messages of Faith Ministry to say the prayer, during which the preacher asked that the “children be trained up righteously.” The foundation took this to mean that the children are trained as Christians.

“This practice violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment,” the foundation wrote. READ MORE

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