The nation’s leading secularist group is asking for a Texas school board to punish a superintendent who prayed during a mandatory staff convocation held at a Texas megachurch. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based legal organization that advocates for a strict separation of church and state, is asking the McKinney Independent School District to discipline Superintendent Rick McDaniel for praying at the beginning-of-the-school-year staff convocation that was held in August at

Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Dallas Morning News reported. A YouTube video of the convocation shows McDaniel addressing the audience at the podium and then being joined by three school employees. “These guys behind me are up here this year because they came up and asked and they said, ‘Are you going to pray this year?'” McDaniel told the crowd. “Yes, I am.” McDaniel’s ‘Yes’ statement was followed by an applause from the crowd. “I realize that some of you, now you may not feel comfortable. And I’m alright with that. I understand,” he said. READ MORE