Student Allowed to Use Bible in School | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion

Verified

Student Can Use Bible as Reference

By CeCe Heil1339526738000

The ACLJ recently assisted yet another student in amicably resolving an unfortunate situation where a government official misunderstood the law. A 7th grade student from Missouri recently contacted the ACLJ regarding her teacher’s refusal to allow the student to reference the Bible in a writing project on Roman history.

Unfortunately, situations like this are all too common, and the ACLJ has assisted students and parents in many such situations where schools have attempted to treat speech reflecting certain viewpoints as less favored than other speech. Several of these cases ACLJ attorneys argued before the Supreme Court including Lamb’s Chapel v. Center Moriches School District, 508 U.S. 384 (1993), in which the Court affirmed that a school may not discriminate against religious speech on the basis of the speech’s religious viewpoint, and Board of Education v. Mergens, 496 U.S. 226 (1990), in which the Court held that allowing a student Bible club to meet on a public school’s campus did not violate the Establishment Clause..

Many cases, however, are resolved without litigation. In this case, ACLJ attorneys advised the student, through her parents, to bring reliable sources to the teacher evidencing that the Bible, although a religious book, also has historical significance. In addition, we advised her of her First Amendment rights, and that the First Amendment prohibits a government official from discriminating against speech if the sole reason for that discrimination is the religious viewpoint from which it is presented.

We are happy to announce that after the student presented the teacher with this information, the teacher allowed the student to use the Bible as a reference and no further action was necessary. We are pleased with this outcome and will continue working to protect the rights of individuals to speak out on an equal basis and to be free from government discrimination against unpopular viewpoints.

Angry Atheist's Outlandish Attack

By Skip Ash1502292667647

So you thought you heard it all from the angry atheist, anti-Christian extremists led by Mikey Weinstein and the absurdly named Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) – think again. This time they are ludicrously claiming that a leadership conference that includes executives from Facebook and...

read more

ACLJ Seeks Rehearing for First Amendment Protection

By Carly F. Gammill1500927821551

In an opinion that is perhaps best described as both remarkable and confounding, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently held that “the Free Speech Clause has no application in the context of speech expressed in a competitive interview.” In other words, at least in the...

read more

Big Win for Religious Liberty at Supreme Court

By Walter M. Weber1498512368363

The U.S. Supreme Court today, by a solid 7-2 vote, delivered a resounding victory for religious liberty. The case, Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer , asked whether a state could exclude a church from a child safety program solely because it is a church. The Court said "No". The ACLJ had filed a...

read more

Religious Liberty Win at Supreme Court

By Walter M. Weber1496847588500

Even very technical legal issues sometimes can have important implications for the protection of religious freedom for all in the United States. That was the case in a recent Supreme Court ruling over retirement plans. Religiously affiliated hospital systems won a reprieve from multi-billion dollar...

read more