Praying mom back at Concord High School
Liza Urena returned to the Concord campus last week and resumed her daily ritual of praying for the safety of the school and its students, which includes two of her children. She had been praying out loud since February, but was told in July she could not longer pray on campus after the district received a complaint.
"As long as she's doing that and not being demonstrative in what's she's doing, that's working so far. But this is a day-to-day kind of process," school board president Kassandra Ardinger said Wednesday.
"It remains to be seen, frankly," said Gilles Bissonnette, legal director for the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union. "Obviously, we're carefully monitoring this because it potentially raises some civil liberties issues."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed the complaint with the district over the summer. Staff attorney Rebecca Markert said the Madison, Wis.-based organization just learned of Urena's return on Tuesday and would take some time to evaluate the developments, but expected the FFRF would be contacting the school district again.
On the other side, the Alliance Defending Freedom will continue to stand by Urena, who has been represented by the Scottsdale, Ariz., group since it learned of Urena's ban.
Sharp said whether it's out loud or silent, Urena feels she is getting her message out without disrupting anything or attempting to influence students in their own religious beliefs.
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