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Victory: Religious Viewpoints Allowed

By CeCe Heil1351801632000

The ACLJ recently assisted a Church in gaining equal access at a public school to distribute materials related to release time religious and moral instruction. Under California law, parents are permitted to request that their children be released from school supervision for a limited period every month in order for their child to receive religious and moral instruction that the child does not receive from the public school.

Unfortunately, the school district had a policy that prohibited anyone from distributing “religious materials” including information related to the release time religious and moral instruction that was authorized under state law. To make matters worse, the district allowed distribution of secular materials and specifically targeted religious materials for discrimination.

After discussing the issue with our client, the ACLJ drafted a letter explaining that the school’s policy constitutes viewpoint discrimination against religious speech and that the policy violated the First Amendment’s prohibition on restricting free speech. In addition, we explained that the policy was facially inconsistent with the state law which allows supervised release time for religious and moral instruction.

Thankfully, after church representatives presented the letter to the school district explaining the law, the school district has agreed to change its policy to comply with First Amendment requirements and give equal access to all viewpoints. The Church will now have equal access to distribute material related to the release time religious and moral instruction.

The ACLJ is pleased with this outcome and looks forward to continuing to vigilantly protect and ensure the ongoing viability of religious freedom and liberty in the United States and around the world.

Protecting Military Religious Liberty

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Regular Discrimination of Churches?

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Four years ago, we filed suit against the Town of Vestal, New York on behalf of a Christian, non-profit organization seeking to provide a much needed ministry in that area for women recovering from addiction and emotional problems. For years, the organization successfully operated in a neighboring...

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Stop Attacking Faith in the Military

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If there was ever a misnamed organization, it would have to be the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). Masquerading as a religious rights organization, the MRFF’s real purpose appears to be silencing those whose religious beliefs it opposes—especially if they are Evangelical Christians.

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Taking the Muzzle Off Christian Faith

By Allison Fick1431633240324

Recently, a public high school student was told that she could neither discuss God nor her biblical views on Creation in a class assignment. Her faith was being silenced. Her family contacted the ACLJ and we took immediate action. This type of anti-Christian discrimination directly violates the...

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