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Minnesota Bus Driver Fired for Leading Kids in Prayers

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BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) – A pastor who worked as a bus driver for the Burnsville school district has lost his job for leading kids in Christian prayers on his bus.

George Nathaniel tells reporters the bus company, Durham School Services, originally gave him a warning and assigned him two new bus routes after receiving a complaint about the prayers.

But when Nathaniel continued to lead prayers, Durham sent him a separation letter dated Oct. 30, citing complaints of religious material on the bus.

In a 1962 case, the Supreme Court ruled that it’s unconstitutional for public schools to encourage or lead students in prayer, and a series of court decisions since then have broadened the ban on school prayer to include prayers led by any representative of a school.

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