Publicly-Funded Charter School That Had Clergy Member Deliver Graduation Sermon Promises It Won’t Happen Again August 6, 2014

Publicly-Funded Charter School That Had Clergy Member Deliver Graduation Sermon Promises It Won’t Happen Again

Back in June, I posted about Hope Academy, a publicly-funded charter school in California, because their graduation ceremony featured a pastor who delivered a sermon:

In addition to that constitutional violation, the pastor appeared to have plagiarized the speech from two generic sermon websites.

Yesterday, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center announced that school officials assured them the religious practices would come to a full stop:

We will be removing the spiritual thought from our future graduation and also focus on not having anything that may be a “grey” area in terms of spiritual or religious implications at all future events. Please take this as assurance it will change as of this school year. Thank you.

Monica Miller, an attorney with the AHLC, added:

“We are pleased that the public school has agreed to remove religious elements from its graduation ceremonies in accordance with the state and federal constitutions,” said Monica Miller, an attorney with the Appignani Humanist Legal Center. “By ensuring that its graduations are secular, the school will respect the rights of all students, especially those of minority faiths or no faith at all.”

It shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Thanks to the AHA, at least it won’t happen again.


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