MIDDLETON, Wis. – The Middleton school district has voluntarily given up its daytime lease of a city park near Middleton High School, signaling its intention to stop opposing a group of local mothers who serve weekly “Jesus Lunches” at the park.
But a radical atheist organization, the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, has vowed to continue to oppose the Jesus Lunches, because they occur close to the high school, allowing “religious messages to enter the hallways and classrooms,” according to WKOW.com.
Middleton school Superintendent Donald Johnson sent out a mass email Tuesday, acknowledging that the school district may have no legal right to prevent the Jesus Lunches, despite the fact that it leases Fireman’s Park from the city of Middleton during school hours.
He indicated that the district was willing to end its lease of the park, so it no longer has any connection to the Jesus Lunches.
The Middleton City Council responded by accepting the cancellation of the lease at a meeting Tuesday night, according to Channel3000.com.