WASHINGTON, September 5, 2015 – When the phone rings and your child’s school is calling, can you be certain that your child is safe, not from physical harm but from the school’s administration? Are you willing to bet that today your child will not have their pro-life views criminalized and shut down in their school classroom?
According to the Daily Caller, Angelique Clark a high school student who attends the magnet high school West Career And Technical Academy in Las Vegas saw her efforts to start a pro-life-club blocked by the school.
The Nevada legislature has introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 120, approved by the Governor in May 2015, that “clarifies rights that public at public schools are entitled to express themselves in a manner consistent with the rights guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, provided that such expression doe not disrupt instruction at a public school, is not used to bully or intimidate any person and is not organized, broadcast or endorsed by the public school.”
Clark is a Christian who faced an anti-Christian barrier that many school administrators across America create for Christian students who refuse to bend or abandon their faith. This student’s school had already impeded her efforts to establish a pro-life club in the last school year, while the school already had a gay-straight alliance club which reflected a hypocritical contradiction.
In addition, she had already identified 25 students who wanted to join the pro-life school club.
Unlike last year, when the school administration had simply run the clock out, Clark started her efforts to establish a pro-life student club at the beginning of the school year. This time when she made efforts to launch the pro-life club and was met by opposition she contacted the Thomas More Society; a conservative legal issue support group.
Instead of dealing with a student, the school had to deal with the prospect of a nationally known legal defense organization. This time the school relented.
According to Sons of Liberty , Jocelyn Floyd, Thomas More Society associate counsel, stressed “there have been times when school districts will dig their heels in whether they have a strong case or not.”
Many parents and Christians across the nation may conclude that this was a win for students who want to express their pro-life U.S. Constitutionally protected views. The reality may be less concrete. The war to protect a student’s religious rights may be just beginning with many battles still on the horizon for parents and students.
The landscape for students in classrooms and schools like the young Christian student in Nevada are filled with liberal teachers and school administrators who are armed with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that may weaponize attacks on Christian students.
Many students like Clark may soon find themselves, not only blocked from establishing pro-life clubs, but also traditional marriage, or bible clubs in schools as well.
The rationale that these school administrators will use is the recently legally questionably decided Supreme Court decision that permitted gay marriage as a matter of law. As a result of this June decision, which four of the court justices vehemently protested against, a student like Clark who wanted to establish a traditional marriage school club could be regarded as criminal.
You may be thinking that this is not something that could possibly happen in a nation where the freedom of religion and the First Amendment protection of a student’s religious rights should not be abridged. The harsh reality is that your child and millions of children in neighborhood schools like your child’s are now targets for suspension and expulsion.
Take for example last year when, according to Breitbart, a Florida, Broward County Public School banned fifth grader Giovanni Rubeo from reading the Bible during “free reading” time. Despite the fact this that was his free time, Rubeo was informed that his religious freedom did not apply during the free time and was told by his teacher, Swornia Thomas, to put his Bible away.
“Public schools can’t play favorites with religion,” said Daniel Mach, director of the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief told ABC. “Whatever schools do to accommodate students’ beliefs, it must be done fairly, equally and not to promote any one faith or encourage religious devotion in general.”
Do you see a pattern surfacing here as it become more evident that freedom of expression of religion is not equally allowed to Christians. It can and will only get worse.
Again, as in Clark’s case, legal action had to be threatened.
The Liberty Institute, which is committed to defending and restoring religious liberty across America was contacted. Hiram Sasser, Liberty Institute Director of Litigation, suggested in a letter to the superintendent and school board members,
“Banning religious books like the Bible violates Giovanni’s civil rights to religious free speech and free exercise,” He continued by stating, “The school’s actions exemplify the hostility to religion that the U.S. Supreme Court has condemned,” reported Breitbart.
Will your child be silenced next in his or her public school due to their personal or family based biblical values?
Consider the next time that you send your child to school and that precious child is suspended or expelled for establishing a pro-life, prayer, or traditional marriage club. If the criminalization of Christianity is a fate which awaits your child, what will you do?