Howard Friedman reports on a very unusual church/state lawsuit in New Jersey, where a man sued the local school board for refusing to put a referendum on the ballot that would ask voters to essentially convert the Camden Public Schools into Christian schools. Here’s the ballot language he demanded:
1) Do you … want your Public Schools to open the daily session in prayer in a pledge of allegiance to the god we trust by the children in acknowledgment of God and His son Jesus Christ. The Prayer given to us by His Son Jesus Christ the “Our Father Which art in Heaven hollowed [sic] be Thy Name.”…
2) Do you … want a Holy Bible based curriculum in your Public Schools which teaches the truth and the presence of God as creator in alignment with our New Jersey State Constitution where we are Grateful to Almighty God and looking towards Him for a blessing unimpaired in the endeavor to properly educate our children….
When the school board said no, the guy filed a lawsuit based on the free exercise and equal protection clause. I’m sure he’s shocked to find out he was full of shit.