York, SC

AU learned that the York City Council opened its regular meetings with sectarian prayers offered in the name of Jesus Christ. Council members confirmed this practice in an article published in the local newspaper. We wrote a letter to the City Council, informing members that legislative prayer must be nonsectarian. York Mayor Edward Lee called AU in response to the letter, and promised to address AU’s concerns with the other Council members and to be more vigilant about the issue in order to avoid future sectarian prayers.

Franklin, NC

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.