The ACLU is attacking Airline High School in Bossier City, Louisiana because a student group hung a prayer box and the school’s principal ended a letter with the phrase “God Bless You.”
Fox News reported that the Louisiana ACLU Executive Director Marjorie Esman published a letter in the Shreveport Times on Saturday accusing the school of violating the First Amendment by promoting Christianity.
They pointed to student prayer and a letter by Principal Jason Rowland that ended with the phrase, “The Future Starts Today – May God Bless You All.”
“The United States Constitution requires public schools to ensure that state-supported activity is not used for religious indoctrination,” the ACLU executive director wrote in the letter.
Esman also alleged that the principal was trying to “encourage students to ‘pray to the Almighty God.'”
While no official action is currently being taken, the situation will be brought up at a school board meeting on Thursday.
Politicians running for governor in November have jumped on the issue.
“Wishing God’s blessing on others shouldn’t be crime—not here in Louisiana. This Bossier school shouldn’t be penalized by the ACLU for the school principal ending an online letter with “May God Bless You All.” This is political-correctness gone amuck. Pope Francis called on the state to respect individual conscience and I think that’s a call we should heed,” wrote Republican gubernatorial candidate Jay Dardenne on his Facebook page.