Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. FFRF.org

FFRF calls out Roy Moore for reckless advice

Vol. 35 No. 9 November 2018

FFRF has called out the wildly misnamed Foundation for Moral Law for encouraging Alabama public schools to violate students’ rights and the Constitution.

On Sept. 21, the Foundation for Moral Law, led by disgraced former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, held a press conference, during which he and his representatives encouraged Alabama public schools to risk financial and legal liability by continuing to broadcast prayer over the loudspeaker before football games in defiance of well-established Supreme Court precedent.

Moore’s foundation subsequently announced it had sent a memo to all Alabama school district superintendents erroneously informing them that they can skirt the Constitution by simply claiming that these school-sponsored prayers are student-led.

This press conference and accompanying memo came in response to school attorneys advising and educating the school boards they represent about how best to refrain from endorsing religion in public schools after FFRF warned many school districts that they were violating the Constitution.

Moore’s foundation incorrectly states that FFRF “insists that prayers at the public school football games violate the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”

“It is the Supreme Court that ‘insists’ that public schools adhere to the Establishment Clause, and that ‘insists’ on protecting student freedom of conscience,” FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor write in their Sept. 25 letter. “The Foundation for Moral Law can bury its head in the sand and deny court precedent, but it is reckless and unethical to then counsel public school officials to do the same.”