School bus driver removed from route for leading young passengers in prayer

A Minneapolis-area church pastor who also drives a college bus says his rights in order to free speech and religion had been abridged when he got removed his route for leading college students in prayer.

And it’s not the very first time prayer on the bus has got him in hot water, either.

The Connected Press reported that the driver, George Nathaniel, 54, was fired within Burnsville, Minn., four years ago for your exact same reason.

Quality Care Transportation eliminated Nathaniel from his route a week ago, the Star-Tribune newspaper reported. He began working for the company in The month of january 2017 and drove children in order to Nasha Shkola, a charter college in Brooklyn Park focused on Ruskies language and culture.

He started folding plea into the bus ride this wintertime. “The students would volunteer in order to lead the prayer, ” Nathaniel said, according to The AP.  

School authorities received complaints that Nathaniel has been forcing minors to pray, mentioned Muk Musa, owner of High quality Care. While bus drivers get time for personal prayer, leading kids is not viewed as a part of the job, this individual said.

Nathaniel said he never pressured students to pray. He furthermore expressed shock that parents acquired complained because he’d talked about the matter with them. “That’s where the Constitution is available in, ” Nathaniel said, according to the cable service.  

Nathaniel isn’t fired, yet hasn’t received a new route possibly, Musa said.

Nathaniel is also a pastor for a Minneapolis-area congregation.

The Connected Press contributed to this report.