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Pastor School Bus Driver Fired For Leading Prayer On Bus

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A Minneapolis pastor says that he was fired for praying with children on his school bus. George Nathaniel says that he never forced anyone to do anything against their will. The children aboard his bus had a choice to engage in prayer or not.

"I ask the students would they like to pray and if they like to pray then they can lead pray themselves and then I will pray," he explained. "I had children that chose not to pray and that was fine"

Nevertheless, Nathaniel lost his job as a local bus driver last week, following complaints from the school district.

"The company gave me a written warning that you cannot pray on the bus," Nathaniel said. "No parent complained to me, personally, so I just heard it from the district."

However, a legal director from the ACLU argues that prayer on a public school bus violates the first amendment.

"The school bus is a captive audience. When he is driving the bus he is acting like a school official and he does not have the right to proselytize or promote religion in that context," said Teresa Nelson, an ACLU legal director. "He has First Amendment rights to pray. He's got a right to his own religion, but there is no constitutional right for school officials to pray with a captive audience of students."

Durham School Services says that its company policy is not to discuss individual employment decisions. They added that the company does not have a specific policy on the subject of prayer.

"They are trying to take away every right the Christian has to express our Christian belief in. This supposed to have been Christian nation," said Nathaniel.

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