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Defending Religious Liberty in Schools

By David French1353443848000

It’s stunning that in the roughly quarter-century since the Supreme Court began deciding a series of cases that guaranteed Christian groups equal access to schools that some public school districts – indeed some entire states – simply haven’t gotten the message.

Yesterday, after months of attempted persuasion, the ACLJ filed suit on behalf of Child Evangelism Fellowship of West Orange County (California) against the Buena Park School District after the School District determined it would charge Child Evangelism Fellowship more than $4,000.00 for after-school access when it grants the same access to groups like the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for free.

Religious censors are nothing if not inventive, and the justification for this blatant discrimination was a discriminatory California law requiring schools to charge outside groups for access to schools for “religious services.” Aside from the fact that Child Evangelism Fellowship isn’t holding “religious services,” this law represents the latest effort at treating religious speech as different in kind – with inferior constitutional protections – than other forms of speech.

Defending hard-won religious freedoms requires constant vigilance. Religious censors still exist and even decades of court precedent haven’t persuaded them to stand down. Their goal remains the same – to shove religious expression to the margins of public life.

We remain hopeful that the Buena Park School District is not motivated by censorship but rather by a misunderstanding and misapplication of governing law. Regardless, we intend to protect religious expression from such blatant viewpoint discrimination.

Church Wins Equal Use Challenge

By Shaheryar Gill1438029126657

When a Church was discriminated against and prevented from advertising a Vacation Bible School on a community messaging board – which was open to all – we took action, and today, we’re happy to report a major victory. Earlier this month, a church in Bancroft, Michigan faced a religious liberty and...

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Exposed: Christian Students Rejected

By Matthew Clark1436901768253

Public colleges and universities are taking the gloves off when it comes to Christian students on their campuses. Gone are the days of surreptitious slights against Christians; now it is open season on faith. Blatant, in-your-face anti-Christian discrimination is the new norm. Christian students...

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Prevailing Against Discrimination

By Shaheryar Gill1436821327158

Religious liberty victories come in all shapes and sizes, and here at the ACLJ, we are excited to celebrate each and every one of them. On June 18, 2015, a 10th grade student in Bowie, Maryland turned in a community service report form to satisfy her school’s community service requirement. She had...

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Bill Adopts ACLJ Recommendations

By Nathanael Bennett1436805357810

A major funding bill in Congress has adopted specific recommendations the ACLJ has been fighting for to defend persecuted Christians across the globe. Earlier this spring, ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow testified before a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee . The main thrust of...

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