Two Victories for Religious Liberty

Craig HueyChurch, Religious Liberty, Social Issues3 Comments

Read about two new important victories for religious liberty last year.

In a past issue, I wrote about first-grader Isaiah Martinez of West Covina. He was barred from handing out candy canes with a friendly Christ-centered Christmas message about the origins of the candy cane. Martinez’ teacher asked the principal, who in turn deemed the candy canes unsuitable with the Christian legend attached.

After little Isaiah told his parents what the school did to his Christmas gifts, Advocates for Faith and Freedom (AFF) sued the government school district. The district representative admitted the principal’s error. A settlement followed, which included revising the school district’s policy to respect all students’ First Amendment rights and undisclosed monetary sum.

Another first-grader, Brynn Williams of Temecula, was not allowed to read John 3:16 during an in-class holiday celebration. The district settled another lawsuit with AFF, acknowledging their interest in protecting the First Amendment rights of all students. The district further acknowledged that all staff needed training to respect First Amendment rights for students as well as staff.

3 Comments on “Two Victories for Religious Liberty”

  1. The right of free speech is the first amendment to the constitution. It is a liberty Americans have long enjoyed and students should not have to leave their rights at the school house door,

  2. I think this is very important. We’re allowing our children to go to public schools in expectation that they’re “teaching” the students while they are at the school, so “teaching” the childhood students what they can and can’t say about God in school could be interpreted by a child as to what they can or can’t say about God outside of school and in life in the future. Remember in Proverbs 22: 6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

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