School prayers challenged in Stokes County

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — An advocacy group is accusing Stokes County schools of “unlawfully promoting religion, promoting Christianity, (and) forcing students to listen to religious speeches or prayers at school ceremonies,” according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

The Journal reports the Americans United for Separation of Church and State has expressed concern over prayers at school board meetings and graduation ceremonies.

The same group was part of a lawsuit that successfully challenged Forsyth County commissioners over their use of sectarian prayers at the beginning of meetings, the Journal reports.  The group also is challenging the display of the Christian flag and a monument with religious symbols at a King park honoring veterans.

According to the Journal, the chairman of the Stokes County Board of Education says the schools are not violating any laws and have no plans to make any changes.

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