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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.

One Nation Under Allah?

By CeCe Heil1444318791708

Islamic indoctrination is happening in public schools all across America. Over the past few months, we have updated you on some of the Islamic indoctrination happening in Tennessee and Georgia. However, these are not isolated events – it’s a nation-wide epidemic that has been brewing for a while.

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Ten Commandments Torn Down. . .

By Benjamin P. Sisney1444318510939

Late Monday night, under the cover of darkness and tight security , the State of Oklahoma surreptitiously ripped the Ten Commandments from its Capitol grounds. The clandestine extraction attracted national attention . According to officials overseeing the operation, “We wanted it to be done as...

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Islamic Indoctrination in GA Schools?

By Allison Fick1443711221281

Islamic indoctrination in public school is occurring right here in our backyard. As we previously reported , the core tenets of Islam are being taught in public schools in a way that could violate the U.S. Constitution. Other religions, such as Christianity, are barely covered. Recently, reports...

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ECLJ Fights for Life & Liberty

By Joseph Williams1443106754103

Our affiliates around the world continue to stand up for the dignity of every human life, no matter how small. Whether working to help save child brides from sex abuse or defending Israel before the International Criminal Court (ICC ), our work is increasingly global in nature. And now, the...

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