News alert: The Freedom From Religion Foundation has an agenda.
For those paying attention, that advocacy group's name provides a clear indication of that agenda.
Why am I stating the obvious? Because in reading some recent news reports, journalists seem to treat the Freedom From Religion Foundation as if it's an unbiased expert source on church-and-state legal questions.
Let's consider, for example, the Washington Post's recent story on a high school football coach who baptized a player.
This tweet is from the Post reporter who produced the story. So in other words, the journalist agrees with the Freedom From Religion Foundation that what's happening is "unconstitutional."
Except that the tweet is inaccurate. The coach didn't baptize the player at a public school, according to the Post's own story:
The Newton school district, however, is sticking by Coach Smith’s actions. In a statement, the school said that the baptism happened off school property — outside a dentist’s office, about a block away from the school, Superintendent Virginia Young told The Post. “The District feels this is a private matter of choice for that student. Any additional Newton Municipal School District students that attended the baptism did so as their own voluntary act,” the school’s statement said.
The Jackson Clarion-Ledger in Mississippi also notes that the baptism didn't occur at a public school: