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Mississippi School District Fined Over $7,500 for ‘Proselytizing Christianity’ After Minister Prays at Event

7-21-2015 – A U.S. Federal District Court has fined Mississippi’s third largest public school district $7,500 after a minister opened up a districtwide honors assembly with a prayer invocation, an act that violated a 2013 court settlement that ordered the district to stop “proselytizing Christianity.”

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves has for the second time ordered the Rankin County School District to stop allowing prayers to be held at school events. The judge has also banned the distribution of Bibles on school property.

The school district was ordered to pay a student plaintiff from Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, who was represented by the American Humanist Association, $2,500 because the student attended an assembly at Brandon High School in May 2014 that began with a prayer led by local Methodist pastor named Rob Gill.

The assembly, which was not mandatory, was designated to honor all of the district’s students who scored higher than a 22 on their ACT college tests. Full Story.

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