After a California federal judge banned the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education from opening their sessions in prayer, the board has decided to appeal the no-prayer ruling. The school district recently retained Tyler & Bursch, LLP to represent it on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. Tyler & Bursch’s services are being provided without charge to the school district. Advocates for Faith & Freedom is working in association with Tyler & Bursch, LLP to help underwrite the costs of the appeal.
Our appeal to the Ninth Circuit will focus on the issue of whether a school district can continue with the long tradition of allowing a ceremonial prayer at the beginning of school board meetings. The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized that legislative prayers date back to the first Continental Congress and concluded that the well-established tradition of permitting prayer at City Council meetings, Congress, and state legislative sessions does not violate the Establishment Clause. We believe that the Ninth Circuit will agree when presented with this narrow issue of prayer before school board meetings.
This is a precedent setting case as it is the first case to advance to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeal concerning prayer at the beginning of school board meetings.
The following is the Press Release we sent out today.