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SC public school has religious rally. Christian rapper. Students converted.
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Here is the article from the NYT about the rally.

Battling Anew Over the Place of Religion in Public Schools

At a school assembly here in South Carolina on Sept. 1, a preacher described how Christ saved him from drugs, telling his rapt audience that a relationship with Jesus is what you need more than anything else. A rapper shouted the Lords praise to a light show and most of the audience stepped forward to pledge themselves to Christ while a few remained, uncomfortable, in their seats.

Such overt evangelizing would not be unusual at a prayer rally, but this was a daytime celebration in a public school gymnasium, arranged by the principal for sixth, seventh and eighth graders.

When the rapper posted a video on YouTube, announcing that 324 kids at this school have made a decision for Jesus Christ, he drew unwelcome public and legal scrutiny to the event. It was the kind of religious advocacy that is increasingly coming to light, legal experts say, as school populations become more diverse and as the objection of non-Christians or, in this case, the rejoicing of evangelists is broadcast on the Internet.

.."According to the suit, the rally during school hours was far from an isolated event. Mr. Stinson routinely opens school programs with prayer, it alleges, and has often invited Christian speakers. A large poster of the Ten Commandments hangs on a hallway wall, a picture of Jesus hangs in the lobby, and a cross and two Bibles are on a table in the main office.

The students were told they could skip the rally, but they were told they had to report to the suspension center.

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