Ashdown school officials defend prayer exercises | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Ashdown school officials defend prayer exercises

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 7:33 AM

KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports
KTBS reports on yet another public school district — this time in Ashdown — that thinks it has found a way around court dictates against organized prayer activities in public schools.

The issue arises because the Freedom from Religion Foundation wrote the school district objecting to a student's report that the school band director was leading prayer and about public prayers at football games.

School Superintendent Jason Sanders said he'd consulted the Alliance for Defending Freedom, a group founded by right-wing evangelists that promotes prayer at public events, and said the district had been assured  what the district was doing was legal.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, however, that organized prayer, even if student-led, is not permissible at football games. Sanders said the band director would no longer lead prayer at events, but students would. If it's a school-controlled event, this would still appear to be a problem

At the last Ashdown football game, dozens of students gathered on the field for prayer before the game, somewhat akin to the gather-at-the-flagpole voluntary prayer exercises organized at many schools before classes.

"It's encouraged the students to understand that they can in fact pray in many different ways and different times," said Butch Riddle, First Baptist Church Pastor. Riddle says while still following the law, the letter has spurred students to step up more with their faith, commitment and convictions.
 
Sure. Pray anywhere, any time. Just don't force religion on the unwilling or those of different faiths in a public school setting.

Tags: , , , ,


Favorite

Comments (27)

Showing 1-27 of 27

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-27 of 27

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • UA Athletic Department gets approval for more construction

    KNWA reports on University of Arkansas Board of Trustees approval today of roughly $50 million worth of athletic department construction projects on the Fayetteville campus.
    • Nov 15, 2018
  • Kurrus says he'd take control of police chief selection process

    Baker Kurrus, in the runoff with Frank Scott Jr. for Little Rock mayor, is trying to establish himself as an agent of change and he illustrated one obvious point today: When it comes to choosing a new police chief, he sees the mayor, not the city manager, as the leader of that process.
    • Nov 15, 2018
  • Asa's tax cuts heavily favor the rich

    Numbers don't lie. Check out the latest analysis by Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families on winners and losers under Gov. Asa Hutchinson's plan to cut income taxes by more than $200 million over four years, primarily by a whopping reduction of 15 percent in the top marginal tax rate, from 6.9 to 5.9 percent.
    • Nov 15, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Among the last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

    What's purported to be a final-words essay from condemned prisoner Kenneth Williams was distributed today by Deborah Robinson, a freelance journalist in Arkansas.  He reflects on his execution, his victims, reactions of inmates and big servings of fried chicken, which he says are given to all inmates on execution days.
    • Apr 27, 2017
  • French Hill votes against disaster aid to Puerto Rico

    Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill alone among Arkansas's House delegation voted last week against a measure that provided $36.5 billion in disaster aid, a portion  for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as well as money for wildfire response and to support the flood insurance program.
    • Oct 14, 2017
  • Presidential thriller, co-author Bill Clinton, coming to bookstores in 2018

    June 2018 is the expected publication date for a novel collaboration by former President Bill Clinton and crime writer James Patterson.
    • May 9, 2017

Slideshows

  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation