Southern Illinois School District Faces Prayer Lawsuit

Southern Illinois School District Faces Prayer Lawsuit


A southern Illinois school district is weighing its options after an activist group has threatened to sue if prayers offered at graduation ceremonies aren’t halted.

The American Humanist Association’s legal arm has sent letters warning of the potential lawsuit to Norris City-Omaha-Enfield High School administrators. The group insists that by including prayers during the high school’s graduation ceremony, the district unconstitutionally coerces students to participate in a religious activity.

The high school’s principal, Matt Vollmann, says the student-led prayer long has been part of the ceremony, and that he’s never fielded any local complaint.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Springfield Man Convicted of Sexual Assault


Christopher Westfall was convicted in August.

in Local

Food Pantries Thankful for Contributions

Food Pantries

Donations at Illinois food pantries during the holiday season helps them stay open year round.

in Local

Businesses Get EDGE Tax Credits


The deals through the EDGE tax-credit program, though, would not provide tax incentives until Rauner and Illinois lawmakers agree on the overdue state budget.

in Local

Historic Site Acquires Historical Portrait

ihpa logo

Olof Krans depicted Bishop Hill in Henry County.

in Local

History Professor to Lead U of I Chancellor Search

university illinois

Antoinette Burton will chair the 15-member committee.