Judge orders schools to stop promoting religion

Published: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 5:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 5:15 p.m.

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- A federal judge has ordered Santa Rosa County schools to stop promoting religion.

The judge granted a preliminary injunction late Friday night. The American Civil Liberties Union had filed a suit against the school district in August, claiming that school officials were proselytizing and conducting other religious activities in public schools. The court's order requires school officials to stop a number of activities that promote religion.

The school district filed an admission of liability with the court last month, offering to self-correct any unconstitutional practices. Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick says the school district had actually been working on the problem before the suit was filed and plans to comply with the judge's ruling completely.

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