The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is at it again in Arkansas–this time threatening legal action over prayer at a public high school football game in Ashdown.
The “Freedom from Religion Foundation” of Madison, Wisconsin, wrote to Ashdown School District Superintendent Jason Sanders recently, with complaints about the high school band director leading students in prayer, as well as, school-sponsored prayer at the football games.
Sanders consulted the “Alliance for Defending Freedom” for advice on the situation.
He says they haven’t broken any laws.
“We feel like that the freedom of our students to express themselves will hold up in a court of law,” said Sanders.
This isn’t the first time atheist groups have tried to use the threat of legal action to intimidate public officials and others.
- Last summer the Freedom From Religion Foundation announced it was seeking to place an anti-religion monument on the Arkansas Capitol grounds.
- The group also threatened legal action against Arkansas law enforcement who put “In God We Trust” on their police cruisers.
- Last year the group used the threat of legal action to block ASU football players from wearing crosses in honor of deceased teammates.
- Before that, the Freedom From Religion Foundation threatened legal action against a pizza parlor in Searcy giving discounts to people who brought a church bulletin into the restaurant.
- In 2013 the group threatened legal action against Conway public schools who were permitting local youth ministers to meet with members of their youth groups during lunch at school.
It’s worth noting that across the board, groups like the Freedom From Religion Foundation tend to threaten lawsuits; oftentimes, if people stand their ground, no lawsuit is ever actually filed.
Jerry is the founder and president of Family Council. He began Family Council in 1989 after a successful effort to amend the Arkansas Constitution to prevent the use of public funds for abortions. He and his wife reside in Little Rock. They have four sons.