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Amanda Galiano

Conway School Bans Religious Visitors

By January 18, 2013

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This story has been making the social media rounds, and I like to share interesting stories.

An Arkansas public school district has banned youth pastors and other religious groups from visiting during school hours after a Wisconsin group filed a complaint and called the practice "predatory."

This group (Freedom From Religion Foundation) files complaints on behalf of people (locals, generally).  In this case, a parent was offended when they overheard a youth minister visiting some of his young parishioners that were sitting at the same cafeteria table as their child, but the minister was not talking directly to their child.

For now, lunch visits are suspended while the school sorts it out.  Is this kind of visit against our children's constitutional rights (and possibly a security risk), or should eavesdropping parents just mind their own business?  To be fair, I haven't found any mention of what exactly the parent overheard and found predatory.  You can read the whole story on Fox News.

The Arkansas Times published a reaction too.

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