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Humanist group: Rankin Co. teacher ridiculed atheism

By Anna Wolfe

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By Anna Wolfe

A new complaint suggests the Rankin County School District has again muddied the line that separates church and state.

The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center says an unconstitutional promotion of Christianity has continued in the district.

On Oct. 13, the association sent a letter to district officials and attorneys describing an alleged incident involving a teacher at Northwest Rankin High School mocking atheism in the classroom.

Sent on behalf of an atheist student, the letter says her teacher, who is also a pastor of a church, told the classroom on Oct. 8, “Atheists are throwing a fit because they don’t have their own day. They do have their own day; it’s called April Fools’ Day, because you are a fool if you don’t believe in God.”

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