A letter to the Lenoir City school board from Loudon activist James Raucci poses the question: "What if Loudon County Churches and student families threatened a class action lawsuit for re-instituting prayers?"
City Board of Education
424 Church Street, Suite 2500
Nashville, Tennessee 37219
Tony Aikens, Lenoir City Mayor
Don White, Lenoir City Chief of Police
Hugh Willett, Knoxville News Sentinel Columnist
Van Shaver, Independent Reporter
Response to Response: Promotion of Religion at Lenoir City Schools
Dear Superintendent Miller, Attorney Cagle, and Board members:
On March 29, 2012, the citizens of Loudon County met in unison at the Loudon Courthouse lawn to pray in peaceful assembly in response to the decision that was made by the Board to forgo the opening of Board meetings with prayer along with the request to remove police patches. Now that several weeks have passed, we expected a response from the FFRF with continued threats of litigation. Instead we read in the local Knoxville News Sentinel an article compromising prayer with a moment of silence. The threat of litigation is a serious matter that could indeed cost the state and the local school systems monies. However, the price of compromise will far exceed that 'what if' price as the FFRF and other like organizations continue with their threats finding communities across the United States that will curtail to their influence. Lenoir City is in their cross-hairs and this and other Anti-Religion organizations smell defeat. In response, I have notified Governor Haslam's office and my request has been forward to the Department of Finance. I have also notified Lamar Alexander's office and Representative John Duncan of these threats against Lenoir City with Duncan's office responding in a detailed letter.
I present to you an example, of a what if. What if the local Loudon County churches and a selection of Lenoir City student families threatened to form a class action lawsuit suing the Lenoir City schools system for re-instituting prayers? What would be your response? The threat of litigation is just that, a threat. NOTE: This paragraph is only an Example.
are beginning to organize for peaceful and public
responses not to bring attention to ourselves but to let
the all to silent conservative majority voice be heard
on these matters concerning threats against Lenoir City
and Loudon County. We ask that you join us and take a
stand and that the majority response will aid you in
your decision making when threatened with litigation in
B. Re-institute Prayers at /football games.
Prayers at graduation ceremonies.
by school officials at school events.
respond to the concerns raised by this letter by the
close-of-business on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.
Apparently, the Lenoir city Superintendent and school board members have not yet replied.
Superintendent Miller, Attorney Cagle, and Board
As of close of business April 18, 2012, I have not received any correspondence pertaining to the letter I sent on April 16th, and in response I wanted to share with you some of our intentions moving forward. We are investigating the FFRF threat of legal actions towards other school districts and we are glad to report that Terry Kennamer of the Marshall County, AL Board said no to the FFRF letter requests similar to those sent to Lenoir City school officials: http://www.waff.com/story/17516466/ffrf-writes-second-letter-to-marshall-county-schools. We are hopeful that you will take the time to review Mr. Kennamer's interview and know that you too can take that stand.
In conclusion, I ask that you respond promptly to our original letter and give our requests the same consideration that you afforded to these outside organizations.
Letter sent on April 16, 2012: