Nearly Minute-long Prayer at McKinney ISD's Mandatory Staff Assembly Draws Multiple Complaints

MCKINNEY — A nonprofit organization advocating for the separation of church and state believes McKinney ISD officials crossed the line this year during its back-to-school convocation, which included a prayer led by the district's superintendent. Three people — including one district employee — have filed complaints with the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation after the district's mandatory employee assembly in August. The assembly took place at Prestonwood Baptist Church, where it has been held for more than a decade. "I realize that some of you now you may not feel comfortable. And I'm alright with that. I understand," Superintendent Rick McDaniel says in a video of the event before saying the prayer. "For those of you who feel comfortable praying with me that's fine. At a minimum, we're going to have a moment of silence."   Continue reading...

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