School Board Resumes Prayer Before Meetings

May 3, 2017 | Posted in Religious Freedom | By

In March we wrote about how the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened to sue the Harrison School Board over the board’s practice of opening meetings with prayer.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote that, “It is coercive, embarrassing, and intimidating for non-religious citizens to be required to make a public showing of their nonbelief (by not rising or praying) or else to display deference toward a religious sentiment in which they do not believe, but which their board members clearly do.”

According to the Baxter Bulletin, the Harrison School Board decided unanimously to continue opening meetings with prayer after the board researched the legality of the practice.

As we have said before, the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts have ruled time and time again that it is constitutional for these sorts of meetings to begin with prayer.