The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based group that advocates separating government and faith, has sent a complaint to Jefferson Parish School Board President Michael Delesdernier for referencing God and biblical stories in teacher meetings and writing that he would pray for teachers in emails. A letter from the group to Delesdernier says he mentioned God repeatedly during teacher training sessions in August and recounted the Old Testament story of Cain and Abel. It also says Delesdernier has sent emails to faculty and staff members referring to God and saying he was praying for them.
"It is grossly inappropriate to reference religion during required faculty meetings," reads the letter from Stephanie Schmitt, a staff attorney with Freedom From Religion. "This practice forces employees, who may be of varying religions or have none at all, to endure governmental endorsement of religion."
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