A public school district in Uniontown, Ohio, erred by listing "belief in God" in its mission statement as a district "value," the Freedom From Religion Foundation says. The Foundation sent a letter Aug. 26 to Lake Local School District after one of its Ohio members alerted FFRF, which has about 350 Ohio members and 13,900 nationwide.
The suspect wording was included in the August 2009 issue of Blue Streak News, a district publication.
In the Foundation's letter, staff attorney Rebecca Kratz said no public employee may urge religious points of view upon students. "Listing 'belief in God' as an important value violates the First Amendment because it imposes religious sentiments upon students and their parents within the school district."