An appeals court in the United States has ruled against a New Jersey high-school football coach who asked players to pray with him before their games.
Marcus Borden's locker-room liturgies were a violation of the First Amendment, the judges found, by endorsing religion in a state school.
Meanwhile, an elementary school in Minnesota has received threats after being accused of using public funds to teach Islam. Police have increased patrols at Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, a publicly funded charter school run by an Islamic charity, after threats to burn it down.
And just across the state line in Wisconsin, Pineview - also an elementary school - has been forced to drop cross-dressing from its "Wacky Week" celebrations, after an outcry on Christian radio stations complained about such an ungodly abomination.