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ACLU says religious rally lawsuit being settled


The American Civil Liberties Union says it has reached an agreement to settle a lawsuit claiming public schools in Chesterfield County are unconstitutionally promoting Christianity.


The suit was filed last year on behalf of a middle school student and his father who are atheists. The lawsuit stemmed from a rally at New Heights Middle School that featured a Christian rapper and a youth evangelist.


The ACLU says it has reached a settlement whereby the district agreed to a consent order to be submitted to federal court in Florence. Under that order, the district agrees not to promote one religion over another.


A school district spokesman did not immediately respond to a message Friday.

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