After School Christian Club Denied Access to Meeting Room

 In California, as a result of being denied free access to a meeting room, a religious after-school club has filed suit against the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that discriminating against religious clubs is unconstitutional the Good News Club, a Christian elementary school organization, has been barred from using facilities owned by the Los Angeles Unified School District free of charge.

Plain and simple, the school district is practicing discrimination based on religion says attorney Matt Staver with the Florida-based Liberty Counsel.

Staver explains,”There’s two ways to discriminate against a club that has a right to be a public school facilities.  Either completely deny their ability to be there, or allow other groups to be on campus that have secular messages but charge religious groups for the same opportunity…That’s in fact what the Los Angeles Unified School District is doing, to the Good News Club.  Because they have a Christian message they will not allow the group to meet on campus like the Boy Scouts, free of charge.”

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which governs California, also ruled in favor of the Good News Club in addition to the Supreme Court ruling says Staver.  However, apparently the L.A. Unified School District thinks it is above the law.

(“Equal Access for Christian Clubs at Issue in Lawsuits,” AgapePress, February 22, 2002)

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