Atheists Lodge Complaint With School Over Student Empowering Program.
An Indiana school, in the East Porter County School district, was sent a cease and desist letter from the Atheists advocacy group Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). A group that is set on keeping Christianity and religion in general separate from schools. So much so that they have intervened in numerous schools just on rumors of prayers being held during school hours. Most recently they went after a Football coach for holding prayer before games. But now they are after a school because of who is helping them rather than what they are doing.
FFRF is angry that two pastors are helping students during lunchtime they feel that the Pastors are engaging in “predatory conduct.”
The Atheist foundation lawyer Jayne elaborates further on the “misconduct” in the letter.
“Jayne argued that it’s unconstitutional for the school district to offer religious leaders “access to befriend and proselytize students during the school day on school property.”
The “Elevate Students” program that was demonized by the Atheist group is set up to empower students, providing leadership and character building lessons. As opposed to the presumed mass conversions that FFRF thinks are going on. Because believing in Christianity is such a bad thing for some reason.
Watch The FFRF Explain How They Feel Christian Worker Are “Imposing Their Predatory Will” On Students.
Had this been any other school they probably would have buckled under pressure as they normally do but in this case Superintendent Rod Gardin gave FFRF a piece of his mind.
Gardin explained that the program was nonreligious and empowering students rather than assumed “predatory” nature that FFRF claimed.
“In response to your assertion that the school corporation is allowing religious instruction to occur during the school day at Kouts Middle/High School through the Elevate Students program, I analyzed the curriculum used in the program,” Gardin wrote. “There is no religious content in the curriculum. There are no Bible verses, references to any spiritual deity, or any activities that expose students to any religious concepts.”
Gardin then took things a step further not only would he not enforce the cease and desist but he wanted a removal of the story on their website as it was slanderous. He also wants a new message on their website. Gardin wants a written apology in regards to the misinformation that they had tried to spread about the program.
The FFRF has yet to remove the story and has yet to respond to Gardin’s response but I doubt they will.