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Silent on burqas, atheist group pressures Texas school district over kindergarten graduation prayer

The Freedom from Religion Foundation sent a letter to school officials in Lumberton, Texas expressing concern about a prayer that may have occurred recently at a kindergarten graduation.

The June 3 letter declares that the principal of the Lumberton Early Childhood School committed a “serious violation” of the First Amendment, reports The Beaumont Enterprise. The alleged constitutional transgression occurred when the principal led a prayer in front of a group of young children and their parents prior to a kindergarten graduation ceremony.

The letter explained that an unidentified parent contacted the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The letter, from the Madison, Wisconsin-based outfit, was addressed to Superintendent John Valastro. An attorney for the Lumberton Independent School District, Curtis Soileau, told The Enterprise that the district has not yet replied to the missive. He added that district officials want to abide by the Constitution and other relevant law.

Soileau did not respond to The Daily Caller’s request for comment.

The alleged prayer at a kindergarten graduation ceremony is not the first time this year that the the small town of Lumberton, Texas has come under fire for allowing religion to seep into a public-school atmosphere.

As TheDC reported in February, a teacher at Lumberton High School allegedly encouraged high school girls to dress up in full-length Islamic burqas and instructed the entire class that Muslim terrorists are actually freedom fighters. (RELATED: Texas public school students don burqas)

The incident occurred in a world geography class. The general topic of the class that day was Islam. A student in the class told World Net Daily that the burqa-related lesson treated the enveloping outer-face-and-body covering more or less as a fashion accessory.

The controversial lesson came from a lesson plan provided by CSCOPE, the online K-12 educational curriculum that Texas recently agreed to cease production of. (RELATED: Adios CSCO’: Texas abolishes CSCOPE lesson plans in public schools)

The Freedom From Religion Foundation does not appear to have written an angry letter to the Lumberton Independent School District concerning the February burqa incident.

The FFRF is no stranger to hassling public schools in Texas, however. Just this month, the organization complained to school district officials in nearby Beaumont about a brief Christian prayer at a May 31 preschool graduation ceremony. (RELATED: Atheist group, angry mom go ballistic over prayer at pretend preschool commencement)

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