School board standing firm on pre-meeting prayer

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

CaliforniaA California school board is deciding to fight rather than flee by going to court to retain the right to pray before their meetings.

Despite already incurring hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, the Chino Valley Unified School Board is appealing a U.S. district judge's ruling banning their pre-meeting prayers. Attorney Robert Tyler of Advocates for Faith and Freedom says the board is getting help.

"There is a group of faith leaders in the Chino Valley who are coming together to actually raise money to provide a defense fund to help the school board," he tells OneNewsNow.

Two years ago, in the Town of Greece v. Galloway, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of the city council to have pre-meeting prayers.

Tyler

"In that case, the Supreme Court even said that as long as the clergy are picked in a nondiscriminatory fashion, they can pray to Jesus or pray to any other deity that they so choose without violating the Constitution," Taylor explains. 

More details about the legal fight with the Freedom From Religion Foundation are available on the Advocates for Faith and Freedom website.

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