Another Lenoir City Schools Church-State Controversy

May 1, 2012

LENOIR CITY, Tenn (AP/WMOT) — A secular organization is again criticizing the Lenoir City school system for putting on a school assembly that the group claims was inappropriately promoting religion.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation says in a letter to the school system that the "Spin-Tacular Basketball Show" on March 12 was overtly religious. The show is a production of a Christian ministry called Champion’s Forever.

A promotional video on the ministry's website says in part, 

"God doesn't make you a winner or a loser. Rather, he makes you a chooser...and here at Champions Forever Ministries, we want to encourage you to win where it really counts: at the game of life."

The Lenoir City school board responded to similar incidents earlier in the year by saying it would halt the practices. The school’s attorney told the Knoxville News Sentinel that he had advised the system to follow existing laws.