A public school district in Kansas has assured an atheist group that an inspiring moment when its boys basketball team came together at mid-court to pray with the opposing team will “never happen again” after receiving a warning letter threatening a potential lawsuit. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which claims to be the nation’s largest atheist legal group, said it was successful in its effort to get the Cheylin United School District 103 to take action

after players and coaches of the Cheylin High School boys basketball team participated in a mid-court prayer with members of the Weskan high school team following their Jan. 31 game. On June 14, FFRF legal fellow Christopher Line sent a letter to Superintendent Allaire Homburg arguing that prayer with students that involves public school coaches is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. “We understand that coaches from both teams participated in the prayer,” the letter explains. READ MORE