ACLU Sues S.C. School for Promoting Christianity

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The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a South Carolina school district for unconstitutionally promoting Christianity.

The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of Jonathan Anderson and his son, a student at New Heights Middle School. Both are atheists.

The student in the case claimed he was given the option to attend a New Heights Middle School rally featuring a Christian rapper and a youth evangelist, or face in-school suspension.

According to the suit, the boy attended the rally, but was uncomfortable and upset.

The lawsuit added that the father is upset about "the prayers and proselytizing at school events, as well as the religious iconography posted throughout New Heights Middle School."

The ACLU said the school district has a "longstanding custom" of promoting religion.

The plaintiffs are now asking the court to bar the school from "proselytizing during class and school-sponsored events," from encouraging students to take part in religious events, and from "otherwise unconstitutionally endorsing religion or religiously coercing students or parents." 

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