Atheists are threatening a lawsuit against the Opp City School District because they allow school property to be used for their baccalaureate. A baccalaureate is a religious service for high school graduates and comes a few days before commencement. and is more sparsely attended because it is a religious ceremony and attendance is never mandatory.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent the school a letter threatening them with a lawsuit if they didn’t cancel the baccalaureate. This is a bit unusual since they do not have to attend. Now would be a great time to try out a new defense. Accuse the Atheism of being a religion. They sue over policies they simply do not like and not ones they are forced to go along with. Therefore, they really have no standing, because to rule in their favor would be an act of promoting one religion over another. That’s unconstitutional.
Here is another argument put forth by the FFRF:
“The school’s role in sponsoring a baccalaureate on school property would cause any reasonable graduating senior or parent to conclude that the District endorses the religious messages espoused at the service.
They are making the argument that the school allowing the school’s property makes them endorser’s of the Christian faith. It does not. Many schools have both a Young Republican Club as well as a Young Democratic Club. They have a hunter’s club as well as a conservation club. They even have Christian Clubs and Atheists Clubs. How could the school be considered to be favoring one of these clubs when they also allow the polar opposite?
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a perpetually-offended gang of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers. They typically prey on small towns and communities that do not have the financial resources to fight back against their bogus threats.
“Opp City Schools has a legal duty to remain neutral toward religion,” Grover wrote. “It makes no difference how many students want religious speeches or wouldn’t be offended by them at their graduation.”