by Leslee Kulba
Wild West blogger
If a homogeneous group of believers wish to share their values, I suppose this is OK. However, these days, the right to sue appears to trump the right to freely assemble and practice one’s religion.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation is taking issue with a speech delivered by Rev. Daniel “Cowboy” Stewart at Nantahala School’s commencement ceremony last June.
Stewart offered prayers at the graduation and delivered a sermon that involved wrapping a student volunteer in ropes to demonstrate the hold of the devil.
“It wasn’t a revival, but he had some strong encouraging words for the kids to make good decisions,” [Superintendent Dan] Brigman told The Smoky Mountain News after the graduation.
John Henning, the school system’s lawyer, said neither parents nor residents had complained to the school system. They had only heard from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and the FfRF.