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Christianity &Rationals Thomas on 08 Dec 2009 12:01 am

American Atheists filed suit in federal court today on behalf of an Oklahoma family

Atheists file suit in Oklahoma “Prayer Bullying” case

The daughter of Chester Smalkowski wanted to play basketball for the Hardesty Public Schools. She was forced from the team when she, an Atheist, refused to recite the Lord’s Prayer after a game as was required by the school. When the Smalkowski family complained about this unconstitutional practice, she was suspended. Further complaints resulted in criminal charges being brought against her father.

Chester Smalkowski refused to submit to a request from the District Attorney to move his family out of the County in exchange for the charges being dropped. His case went to trial last month, and he was acquitted of all charges by a jury. The Smalkowski children have been threatened and subjected to discrimination for the daughter’s refusal to participate in the prayer recitation.

8 Responses to “American Atheists filed suit in federal court today on behalf of an Oklahoma family”

  1. on 08 Dec 2009 at 4:53 pm 1.Delphine said …

    Woot! Makes me proud I’m a member of AA.

  2. on 08 Dec 2009 at 5:23 pm 2.chris said …

    I tried to find this story and couldnt so, I thought all public schools didnt allow for this but, if so good for them for standing up for what is right. I for one am tired of one person changing what is right for what is right to them. America has become weak on this subject ( if one is unhappy then cater to them no matter how 100 or even more feel). Life isnt fair and if this family cant except that this school is that way, well there is other schools out there that dont. If we become soft on everything then we are the worst country on earth for one reason. It has a chain effect on all which is why we are one of very few who follow rules of war. Dont get me wrong thats a good thing but USA fights with honor while others fight with cheap tactics (not all some). Im not that old and even my kids cant do alot of things i could in school. Reasons you could get hurt, its not fair, weve takin fun away and replaced it with junk. Why because we have be come soft and weak and catering ,its really sad.

  3. on 08 Dec 2009 at 10:00 pm 3.a said …

    The same ” what ever you want to call it” that had the power to create this world says,”any one who takes the belief in Me from one of my belivers and changes it , it would be better if he were never born. This is paraphrased but say the same thing.
    I would think a little beeper than you think because these proofs you have are taken out of context.

  4. on 11 Dec 2009 at 10:19 pm 4.Hrothgir Ó Dómhnaill said …


  5. on 11 Dec 2009 at 10:26 pm 5.Alex said …

    This is a clear violation of the First Amendment. Regardless of your beliefs, the law is secular. There can be no promotion of religion in public school as stated by the U.S. Supreme Court time and time again. The very foundation of our country, a Republic, is to ensure the rights and liberties of the minority. Majority rule is mob rule.

  6. on 11 Dec 2009 at 10:29 pm 6.Dave said …

    My goodness the 2nd and 3rd comments are chock full of stupid.

  7. on 11 Dec 2009 at 10:43 pm 7.The Big Blue Frog said …

    I love that it’s a Southern Baptist lawyer who argued their case. I was beginning to think John Leland was the last sane Baptist.

    “The notion of a Christian commonwealth should be exploded forever… Government should protect every man in thinking and speaking freely, and see that one does not abuse another. The liberty I contend for is more than toleration. The very idea of toleration is despicable; it supposes that some have a pre-eminence above the rest to grant indulgence, whereas all should be equally free, Jews, Turks, Pagans and Christians.” – John Leland 1754-1841

  8. on 11 Dec 2009 at 11:51 pm 8.Mark Greene said …

    Shows how hateful Christians can be. And comments 2 and 3 are indeed full of stupid. They have gone beyond ignorant.

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