Portrait Of George Washington Praying Removed From School
March 2, 2006 – A federal judge has ruled against William Lee, a public school teacher who sued his school after officials removed Christian-themed posters a bulletin board in his classroom. The postings included a depiction of George Washington on his knees praying at Valley Forge, and news articles about the faith of George Bush and former Attorney General John Ashcroft. School officials also removed a flier promoting the National Day of Prayer.
Federal Judge Rebecca Beach Smith said that this case is about “what free speech rights Lee has as a public school teacher-employee,” not about Smith’s overall freedom of speech.
The school principal allowed Smith to keep articles about the religious practices of Inca and Maya, a photo of Boy Scouts praying over 9/11 and an article and photo of a flight technician with “Pray for America” on his helmet.
The Rutherford Institute defended Smith’s right to display religious-themed articles on his bulletin board.