2:36 pm September 18, 2012, by AJC
By David Purdum / For the AJC
A religious freedom group continues to target Ridgeland High School football coach Mark Mariakis.
In a third complaint letter sent today, the Freedom from Religion foundation commended Walker Schools on eliminating the use of the Bible to motivate in any public school setting, but again questioned the constitutionality of taking public school students on outings to area churches.
The Ridgeland football team has had pre-game meals at area churches.
Also in the letter, the FFRF asked Walker County Superintendent Damon Raines if he, “would be comfortable with your child attending a school district that bused its children to a different mosque each week?”
The FFRF also pointed to Mariakis’ recent appearance at community-planned prayer rally.
The letter concludes by calling for an investigation into the rally and that the school ceases busing students to houses of worship.
The FFRF filed its original complaint against Mariakis on Aug. 21. Walker County Schools responded shortly after, but did not satisfy the FFRF’s requests. The two sides have been corresponding back and forth for close to a month.
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