AU received a complaint from a San Antonio resident who was upset about the City Council’s use of Christian invocations to open regular meetings. The prayers often invoked Jesus and included other references to Christianity. AU wrote a letter to the City Council, informing members that the sectarian prayers are unconstitutional. The complainant has reported to AU that invocations delivered since that time have been nonsectarian.
AU received a complaint about a research-paper topic assigned to Franklin High School’s tenth-grade honors-biology class. The assignment required students to research and write a paper presenting “specific scientific evidences” for creationism and evolution. According to the complainant, the biology teacher assigns the research paper each year. AU wrote a letter to school-district officials, informing them that the assignment raised serious constitutional problems.