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Humanist group appeals judge's denial to block prayer in Greenville Co. schools

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According to court documents, the American Humanist Association has appealed an Upstate judge's decision to deny their motion to block prayer in Greenville County schools.

In December, AHA had asked the judge to block prayer and events being held at places of worship while the lawsuit against the school district ran its course, which the judge denied citing their allegations did not have enough proof.

In paperwork filed in federal court Wednesday by the school district, the documents acknowledge that AHA has since appealed the judge's decision to block their motion.

The document was a response to questions from the court and in the paperwork regarding the ongoing lawsuit and states that AHA's appeal of the judge's decision has been sent to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA.

The lawsuit dates back to the summer when the AHA said they received an anonymous complaint after the May graduation ceremony for Mountain View Elementary School. AHA said the parent that complained did not like that the ceremony was held at a chapel on the campus of North Greenville University and that prayers were said.

The AHA asked the district to change the location of future graduations and to remove prayer from the program. When the district refused to back down, AHA filed suit.

A start date for the trial has yet to be announced.

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