December 2012 Church & State | AU Bulletin

A California public school has admitted that an invited speaker’s religious testimonial during an assembly was inappropriate.

Bob Holmes, who describes himself as a “one-man volleyball team,” was invited to speak at Yucca Valley High School to discuss suicide, drugs, bullying and other topics, the Hi-Desert Star reported Nov. 1.  All went well, the Star said, until the close of the assembly when Holmes thanked Jesus Christ for all of his skills.

In a statement, the school said: “During the assembly, there was a personal comment expressed by Mr. Holmes regarding his religious beliefs. The personal comment was inappropriate for the nature of the assembly, and his statement is not endorsed by Yucca Valley High School, its administration, or the Morongo Unified School District.”

The local newspaper said Holmes was later invited back to the school by Calvary Baptist Church, which sponsored the second gathering that took place one evening in the school’s gym. Holmes played volleyball against the Yucca Valley High football team and the event included group prayer and free pizza.