FFRF to Sue Cherry Creek School District

I just got this e-mail through COCORE:

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has a very important challenge regarding the separation of church and state in the Cherry Creek School District in Denver. The lawsuit challenges the District adoption of the “40 Developmental Assets,” of which number 19 is a recommendation of a “religious community” for children. The school district is recommending that children spend at least an hour a week in a church or other religious setting.

In a document specifically written for children, the endorsement reads: “I spend time with my religion.” A poster of a praying child next to this wording is displayed in various ways. The asset appears on a master calendar at the District website and various District documents.

FFRF has uncovered a religious agenda of the “40 Developmental Assets” program (in which the Lutheran Brotherhood, which developed it, cites bible verses which inspire each “asset,” even the secular-sounding assets).

Due to a child of a plaintiff graduating, FFRF is down to a single plaintiff. We are requesting anyone having a child in the school system who supports the separation of church and state to join the suit.

If you have a child in the Cherry Creek School system (or sympathetic friends or relatives with children in the District) and you might be interested in joining our action against this establishment of religion by the school district, then please let me know. Plaintiffs must have children who use the Cherry Creek public schools.

If we are to add additional plaintiffs, they need to be added before 2009. There is no cost involved and very little time required, and you would be helping to ensure we can challenge a violation that is occurring nationwide. The Court has a protective order which keeps parent (and child) names out of the court documents and newspapers. If interested contact me ASAP

Tim Bailey 303.921.0641
Humanists of Colorado

So, yeah. If any of you know people in the Colorado who might be in the Cherry Creek School District, please pass the information along to them.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Rodrigo Neely on December 23, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    That is alarming.

  2. Posted by Perpetual Dissent on December 23, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    I wonder how many districts there are like this where no one is willing to fight the schools over it?

  3. @Perpetual Dissent:

    I’ve wondered this too. I would assume a fair number of them, thought it’s likely that they are smaller and more isolated districts.

  4. Posted by Mel on January 7, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    You will see more of this too, and the backlash against the Humanist Religious movement will continue.

    Understand that a child may choose to Pray right out in public “At the Flagpole” and the only way to prohibit it is to restrict all non school functions on school grounds, including but not limited to:

    Student Clubs such as Chess Clubs, etc.
    Extracuricular activities such as “Band” that are not part of the required curiculum.
    Before and After school programs that are typically used to watch children of working parents.

    And the list goes on.

    The First Amendment is Biting Back Hard, folks. You abused it too long and set too many precedents with meanings that are going to hurt religious freedoms as well.

    You made the bed. Now you get to lie in it. Enjoy!!!


  5. Posted by Jennifer on June 19, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    No, what is TRULY alarming, is what the lack of religion in this world has caused. Would you rather teach your children that there is no God and watch them rot in this world which is filled with filth; lying, stealing, backstabbing, abuse, murder, rape, molestation, etc or would you prefer showing them the loving and merciful God who gave them life and wants their lives now, to be filled with love, compassion, honesty, peace and TRUE joy (not faked)? A God that will keep them from jail, from hurting others and ultimately provide them with a life they can be proud of. It is terrible that people would rather have no God and watch their children be shot up in school, than to let them give one hour or even 5 minutes a week to God. You like the world the way it is? You like always having to worry about your children? I imagine you don’t. Maybe you should think about introducing them to God. Set a GOOD example for your children to follow. There are already enough bad ones our there. Why not begin now and start making a difference in this world, one child at a time; one parent at a time? Soon it will be too late.

  6. A) I’m happy without God. I have no criminal record thus far, I’ve never shot up my school, I love my teachers, fellow students, fellow humans. If you wish to challenge the fact that I live a happy life, I’d love to know how you intend to do it.

    B) Just because the world has its unfortunate sides doesn’t mean…
    1. You should believe in God because it makes you feel better. I’m sure the world would be a better place if there were fountains of chocolate all over the place, ending world hunger. That doesn’t make it true that there are fountains of chocolate.
    2. There isn’t any good in the world without God.


    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Please tell me that you’re joking. If not that, then perhaps you may consider taking the time to understand other people’s viewpoints and basic U.S. government.

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