SC schools counseled on church-state separation

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An attorney says officials at a South Carolina school district are committed to the First Amendment’s separation of church and state after the district held a Christian-themed rally last month.

The attorney also says the Christian rapper who performed at New Heights Middle School in Chesterfield County is slated to appear this week at two high schools in the district, but only after school hours.

A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which complained about the rally at the school last month, says her group is still concerned.

Annie Laurie Gaylor says she believes the situation needs watching because people in the community continue to press for religion-themed events on public school grounds.

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