In a sleepy Colorado town, a heated debate is brewing about the freedom of religion. High School administrators at Pine Creek High School banned a group of Christian students from praying, singing religious songs, or discussing religious issues during their free time.
Citing the so-called “separation of church and state” the officials informed senior Chase Windback that his classmates can never use an unoccupied choir room for religious meetings. For the last three years, students have been using that room to pray together.
But now, the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative organization, is helping Windback fight back for his civil rights:
The school grants students such as Windebank, who are in good academic standing, permission to leave during the second half of their homeroom seminar. While other classmates spent that time reading, studying, texting, snacking, socializing, or meeting in school clubs, Windebank held a prayer group.
After Assistant Principal James Lucas told Windebank on Sept. 29 that he could hold his prayer meetings only before or after school hours, he consulted lawyers at Alliance Defending Freedom, seeking protection of his right to freedom of religion and speech.
Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado on Windebank’s behalf.
Public schools should encourage the free exchange of ideas. Instead, this school implemented an ill-conceived ban that singles out religious speech for censorship during free time,” Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel, said.
via The Daily Signal
The 1st Amendment protects freedom of religion, and it is shameful that public schools are so interested in promoting a radical secular agenda that they spend their time messing with religious students in good academic standing. Why does the school feel so threatened?
Considering all the problems young people face today in school – and with an increased number of reported school shootings – schools should be encouraging MORE prayer… not banning it.
Chase Windback is a young man with a bright future. He should be applauded for reaching out to an organization with the serious legal firepower to take on these left-wing, anti-Christian school administrators.
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