Minn. bus driver fired for leading kids in prayers

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A pastor who worked as a bus driver for the Burnsville school district has lost his job for leading kids in Christian prayers on his bus.

George Nathaniel tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/HGAb3A) the bus company, Durham School Services, originally gave him a warning and assigned him two new bus routes after receiving a complaint about the prayers.

But when Nathaniel continued to lead prayers, Durham sent him a separation letter dated Oct. 30, citing complaints of religious material on the bus.

In a 1962 case, the Supreme Court ruled that it’s unconstitutional for public schools to encourage or lead students in prayer, and a series of court decisions since then have broadened the ban on school prayer to include prayers led by any representative of a school.


Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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