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Wed Oct 2, 2019, 02:22 AM

Group alleges Missouri school district forcing religion

OAK GROVE, Mo. (AP) A nonprofit group that advocates for the separation of church and state alleges a Missouri school district on the outskirts of Kansas City is forcing religion on students and threatened to sue if it didn't stop.

Oak Grove Superintendent Bryan Thomsen said the district is investigating the claims from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the Kansas City Star reported.

The group alleged in a letter this month the district, which is about 27 miles east of Kansas City, Missouri, repeatedly violated the First Amendment's establishment clause, which prohibits the government from favoring one religion over others.

The letter said many middle and high school teachers instruct students on the "biblical view of the creation of the world" while teaching them about evolution. The letter said high school students who express belief in evolution "sometimes face skepticism and questioning from their teachers."

Read more: http://www.newstribune.com/news/local/story/2019/sep/28/group-alleges-missouri-school-district-forcing-religion/797229/
(Jefferson City News Tribune)

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