Group Upset with Minister Speaking at Teacher Training Days

MADISON, Ind. (AP) _ A group that advocates for the separation of church and state has sent letters to two southern Indiana school districts expressing concerns about a minister being allowed to speak during teacher training days.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation recently alerted the superintendents of the Madison Consolidated and Southwestern school districts about its concerns.

The Wisconsin-based group's letters say presentations a local minister has made at teacher in-service days during the past two years violate the constitutional separation of church and state. 

The group asked the districts to draft steps to “respect the private right of conscience'' of district employees.

Officials from the two school districts tell the Madison Courier no staff members were required to attend the minister's presentations and that he didn't give a sermon.

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  Information from: The Madison Courier, http://www.madisoncourier.com