An agreement this week likely brings an end to a year-long church-state dispute over religious proselytizing in a Louisiana school district.
Following a unanimous vote of the board, Louisiana’s Bossier Parish schools will take on the expense of defending substantial church-state claims rather than reach an agreement.
A settlement agreement permanently bars public school officials in Louisiana’s Webster Parish from promoting prayer or religious services in schools. That is a good rule benefiting both the church and the state.
Lawsuits claiming school districts in both Bossier and Webster Parish, Louisiana, engaged in widespread church-state violations may be moving toward compromise as both boards consider new religious expression guidelines.
Student prayer in school is already well protected by the Constitution. But preserving their religious liberty also means guarding against improper religious promotion by school officials.