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Santa Rosa schools remain under fire over prayer

Prayer-hands A federal judge's order banning prayer in Santa Rosa's public schools hasn't seemed to stick, and the ACLU is peeved.

The Pensacola News-Journal reports that the civil rights group is now seeking to have district officials held in contempt for violating the January order. Its two concerns:

  • A principal asked for a blessing over a school-sponsored meal
  • A board member asked a non-employee to pray at the non-instructional employee of the year banquet

The ACLU says the district is taking the federal order too lightly. District folks say they're just doing what they normally do before they eat. This is the Bible Belt, after all.

And here we thought the Legislature's refusal to move its inspirational messages bill set the tone. No easy answers in the Panhandle, it seems.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:23am]


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