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Kentucky School Removes Prayer Locker

Kentucky School Removes Prayer Locker - This prayer locker has been a tradition to allow students to submit anonymous prayer request to have them prayed for.

Kentucky School Removes Prayer Locker – This prayer locker has been a tradition to allow students to submit anonymous prayer request to have them prayed for.

Emily Chaney, a sophomore at East Ridge High School, will no longer be able to carry on the "prayer locker" tradition she started so students could submit anonymous prayer requests after the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State complained. (Courtesy of Emily Chaney)
Emily Chaney, a sophomore at East Ridge High School, will no longer be able to carry on the “prayer locker” tradition she started so students could submit anonymous prayer requests after the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State complained. (Courtesy of Emily Chaney)

On September 17, 2019 a anti-religious group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AUSCS), sent a complaint letter to the Pike County School system. Note AISCS is based on Washington, DC and not Kentucky.

Kentucky School Removes Prayer Locker – This prayer locker has been a tradition to allow students to submit anonymous prayer request to have them prayed for. Click To Tweet

This was done by a student and not the school, but this anti-religious group is saying the school has done it.

“I hope they realize how beneficial this was to so many people, I hope they realize they’re taking a huge blessing away.”

Emily Chaney, Sophomore At East Ridge High School

Now Chaney plans to collect them in person. This way she and her church can still pray for the prayer request. This is part of her religious freedom she stated.

I want to let everyone know that being the keeper of this prayer locker has been the biggest blessing to me. My church and I have prayed for every need that was placed in this locker. However, after tomorrow, there will be some changes to the way I collect people’s prayer needs. After tomorrow, prayer needs will need to be given to me personally rather than in the locker. To make things easier, the first 5 minutes of break I will be in the cafeteria and can take any prayer requests cards you may have. Thank you to everyone who has trusted me with your prayer needs, and please continue to bring those needs to me personally. I love everyone and will keep praying because that is my religious freedom!

Emily Chaney’s Facebook Posted October 1, 2019

“It appears this would be a violation of the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and blatant viewpoint discrimination to ban students from a clear opportunity to share their faith.”

Hiram Sasser, general counsel for First Liberty Institute, a religious liberty law firm

Let’s keep Chaney and the students in your prayers.

These anti-religious groups need to look into what church and state is.

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