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