A school district in northern Alabama is under scrutiny for its potential violation of the separation of church and state. Freedom From Religion Foundation has demanded that Cullman County School Superintendent Billy Coleman cancel a "prayer caravan" that he has promoted through the public school system. Of course like any belligerently privileged Christian, Coleman is refusing to honor the request of the group -- who serve as watchdogs over those who violate the First Amendment to the Constitution.
Coleman was a Christian pastor before he became superintendent three years ago, and he is now using his platform to promote a single religion within the walls of a government institution. Therefore, he is violating the First Amendment by declaring a 15- to 20-minute prayer session at each school campus in his jurisdiction.
Not only are Coleman's actions a direct violation of the separation of church and state, but they violate an actual law that prohibits school prayer — a law that is more than 35 years old, so he should be more than aware that he is breaking this law. It's frightening to know that there are those who disrespect this nation's Constitution so much that they continue to violate it and other laws that are set in place to protect the rights of all.
Billy Coleman deserves to be fired for this. He clearly does not respect the law and he doesn't respect the US Constitution. He, therefore, has no right to be in a position to indoctrinate the children of an entire public school district. Even though northern Alabama is relatively religious in the majority, there is still the minority non-Christian population that is now being oppressed via this declaration of a Christian prayer day in their school district.
This has been going on for three years without anyone stepping in to intervene, so it's hopeful that the FFRF and American Atheists -- as well as ACLU -- will step up and apply heat to this situation. If suing this man's school district is what it takes to get him to stop violating the law and the Constitution, then that is what it will take. In the meantime, there should be some kind of outrage and demand for him to step down as superintendent. He is clearly not capable of doing this job without bias, and that is a frightening fact that could have had an effect on the students in his district for the past three years.
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