On April 9, a representative of Pinelake Baptist Church spoke at an assembly at the school and showed a video of two young men who found religion as a solution to their problems with drugs, sex and other dangerous behavior, according to the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, an arm of the American Humanist Association.

Students were prohibited from leaving the assembly, and at the end the church representative lead students in a Christian prayer, according to legal center.

“The Northwest Rankin High School administration clearly violated the First Amendment,” William Burgess, coordinator of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, said in a news release. “We have a duty to protect students of all faiths—or none—from unnecessary religious intrusion in our public schools.”

District officials deny those allegations. Rankin County School District released a statement saying the assembly was not mandatory.

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5 thoughts on “Rankin County school accused of violating students’ rights with Christian assembly.

      1. By your logic, churches (as nonpublic entities) should NOT be allowed to use public facilities, but I don’t think that’s what you meant. Regardless, public schools are required by law to make their facilities available to public and private entities on the same basis.
        But requiring students to attend a religious presentation is a problem. This link to an e-mail suggests that attendence was not voluntary. http://i.imgur.com/SmSmm8S.png.

      2. So should I have the right, as a member of the public, to hold a school assembly to discuss world religions that respect gay and lesbian rights and relationships? If so, where do your kids go to school? I feel like having an assembly.

        That’s the problem with using public tax money to fund your religious projects. You have to make them open to every religion, and that could get very costly and time consuming as there are 1000s of religions in the world. It’s also wrong to compel underage people to attend a rally as the email from an earlier commenter suggests happened in this case.

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