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National group sends warning to CCISD

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A call to the Freedom From Religion Foundation leaves little doubt of the group's stance on religion in public school.

The foundation recently sent a letter to CCISD with complaints involving a pair of recent events.

The first, a photo of a post game prayer featuring players and coaches from Miller high school.  It's the coaches which have the FFRF upset.

“The coaches by participating in student led prayer, by taking a knee, bowing their heads putting their arms on players, are sending a signal they endorse the activity and are promoting it on behalf of the school district,” said Sam Grover of the FFRF.

The second complaint alleges kids from Woodlawn Elementary were proselytized on a field trip to Asbury United Methodist Church's pumpkin patch.

“There's no reason why church representatives should be talking to students about Jesus being the messiah, or Jesus dying on the cross for our sins,” said Grover.

Asbury's pastor was there at the time. He says the incident happened, but not to the extent in the letter.

“One of our volunteers was reading the story did say "the nose is in the shape of the cross and that represents Jesus.” said Pastor Tom Tarver.

More than 800 students visited the pumpkin patch this year. In the future Pastor Tarver says he'll make sure volunteers are careful with public school groups.

“We will be very aware of who we're speaking to,” said Tarver.  “We'll also be sensitive to some of the issues.”

KRIS 6 News contacted the offices of CCISD Superintendent Dr. Roland Hernandez regarding this story but had not heard back at time of writing.

The FFRF says the group will wait a few weeks before contacting the district's counsel.  If CCISD doesn't respond the FFRF says a lawsuit is possible.

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