Faith and Religion

Kentucky School Shuts Down ‘Prayer Locker’ After Legal Complaint From AUSCS

A high school in Kentuky is being forced to shut down a ‘prayer locker’ after Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a complaint against the school regarding what the group called a violation in the separation of Church and State.

The group Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AUSCS) stated that the school is in ‘clear violation of the separation of church and state,’ and further claimed that the locker was set up by school officials. However, the locker was started by a student.

Emily Chaney, a sophomore, organized the unique prayer locker, with the intent of allowing students to place prayer requests anonymously within the locker, later, she would collect them and would take the letters to her church and the church would assist in praying over the anonymous requests.

“I hope they realize how beneficial this was to so many people,” Emily told Fox News. “I hope they realize the’re taking a huge blessing away.”

Emily believes her religious freedom is now being stepped on because she can no longer house a place for the requests at the school. The Superintendent of the district issued a letter to the schools and said that; “erecting a ‘Prayer Locker’ is a clear violation of the separation of Church and state.”

According to the General Counsel of First Liberty Institute, Hiram Sasser; “It appears this would be a violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and blatant viewpoint discrimination to ban students from a clear opportunity to share their faith.”