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Christian Rock Band Sues Ohio School District That Banned Them From Playing at a Public High School
AP ^ | AP-ES-02-17-05 2206EST

Posted on 02/17/2005 7:17:36 PM PST by TheOtherOne

Christian Rock Band Sues Ohio School District That Banned Them From Playing at a Public High School
The Associated Press
Published: Feb 17, 2005


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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A Christian rock band banned from playing at a public school assembly filed a federal lawsuit against the suburban Toledo district on Thursday, claiming discrimination and violation of their right to free speech.

Rossford High School officials in December canceled the band Pawn's performance at an anti-drug assembly. Board members said they feared a lawsuit if they allowed a religious performance in a public school.

School officials declined to comment Thursday on the suit by the band, which is represented by The Rutherford Institute, a Charlottesville, Va., center that deals with church-state issues.

Band members said in the lawsuit that they did not intend to play any songs at the assembly that referred to religion and had agreed to stick to the anti-drug message.

Kyle Kleeberger, a Rossford senior and a member of the band, said after his group was banned that he hoped "we can get more publicity to take Jesus Christ to more levels and follow whatever his plan is."

AP-ES-02-17-05 2206EST


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: christianrock; churchandstate; fightingback; gotgod; lawsuit; persecution; rutherfordinstitute; toledo; wehaveavoicetoo

1 posted on 02/17/2005 7:17:37 PM PST by TheOtherOne
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To: TheOtherOne

Good. The only way we are going to defend ourselves is if we join the lawsuit game. It's all being decided in the courts these days.


2 posted on 02/17/2005 7:21:10 PM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real politcal victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: TheOtherOne

Good people like these and students who are dissed by their professors should all sue.

You have to fight them or it gets worse.


3 posted on 02/17/2005 7:22:31 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
It's all being decided in the courts these days.

Sad but true. It's as if laws don't matter. The words of the Constitution don't either.

4 posted on 02/17/2005 7:22:45 PM PST by madprof98
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To: madprof98

I know. But what else do we do? We've got to fight fire with fire.


5 posted on 02/17/2005 7:24:04 PM PST by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Legislatures are so outdated. If you want real politcal victory, take your issue to court.)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
I have Mark Levin's Men in Black on my To-Read List. I think the only way to end the madness where the courts are concerned is to restrict the power of the judiciary. I think that needs to happen at the state as well as the federal level. (The Florida courts are a case in point.)
7 posted on 02/17/2005 7:26:54 PM PST by madprof98
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To: TheOtherOne; F16Fighter; wardaddy; HenryLeeII
My band in jr. high was almost banned from performing at (any more) school dances as well. ......for playing primarily Zep, Sabbath, and Stones' songs at the first one --- not exactly danceable tunes. It ain't easy to dance to "Sweet Leaf," for sure.
8 posted on 02/17/2005 7:30:26 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: TheOtherOne

This is a shame! What has been going on in this country over the last few years? When did it become a shameful thing to be religous?? It's insane, we have professors in colleges preaching about radical Islam and yet Catholics are forced to hide their faith!


9 posted on 02/17/2005 7:32:53 PM PST by usgator
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past; A CA Guy
They have a right to freedom of speech but the school does not have to give them a forum.
10 posted on 02/17/2005 7:34:00 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ( CONSERVATIVE first-Republican second.)
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To: TheOtherOne

http://www.rutherford.org/


11 posted on 02/17/2005 7:35:54 PM PST by feefee
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To: TheOtherOne
Board members said they feared a lawsuit if they allowed a religious performance in a public school.

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

They tried to avoid a lawsuit and got one anyway.

12 posted on 02/17/2005 7:38:07 PM PST by rllngrk33 (The Legacy Media is the propaganda wing of the Democratic Party.)
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To: LauraleeBraswell
They have a right to freedom of speech but the school does not have to give them a forum.

Once offering a forum for a band...the school cannot discriminate because the band has a religious theme, nor any other.

13 posted on 02/17/2005 7:39:29 PM PST by TheOtherOne
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To: rllngrk33
They tried to avoid a lawsuit and got one anyway.

I am currently dealing with a wimpy organization about to cave on something for threat of a lawsuit. I told my 'client' we will sue them too...so that takes that issue away.

15 posted on 02/17/2005 7:40:47 PM PST by TheOtherOne
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To: TheOtherOne
Sued if you do, sued if you don't(tm)


16 posted on 02/17/2005 7:41:34 PM PST by TheOtherOne
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To: TheOtherOne
Christian Rock Band Sues Ohio School District That Banned Them From Playing at a Public High School

Silly kids. If they would only sing about sex and condom use, they would be welcomed with open arms.

17 posted on 02/17/2005 7:41:41 PM PST by dirtboy (Drooling moron since 1998...)
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What about Ward Churchill?

IS that college allowed to discriminate against him because he has an anti American theme?

The answer- Is yes.


18 posted on 02/17/2005 7:44:21 PM PST by LauraleeBraswell ( CONSERVATIVE first-Republican second.)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

I guess Norman Greenbaum would be taboo now days.


19 posted on 02/17/2005 7:44:33 PM PST by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: TheOtherOne

free speech never applies to Christians, apparently christian speech is not speech. Kiddie Porn gets more support as free speech than Christian speech from the libs


21 posted on 02/17/2005 7:59:44 PM PST by GeronL (The Old Media is at war with the New Media...... We are all Matt Drudges now.)
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To: LauraleeBraswell

True enough, unless they gave others access and not them.


22 posted on 02/17/2005 8:42:48 PM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Mr. Mojo
"My band in jr. high was almost banned from performing at (any more) school dances as well. ......for playing primarily Zep, Sabbath, and Stones' songs at the first one --- not exactly danceable tunes. It ain't easy to dance to "Sweet Leaf," for sure."

Freaks! ;-)

Well I'll tell ya -- NO Jr. High or High School I've known EVER attempted to play Zep, Sabbath or the Stones...because they'd have never have pulled it off -- period! Your band musta been smokin'...

Btw, exactly what were the OTHER bands playing? Boy George, Human League, and Disco?

23 posted on 02/18/2005 8:08:07 AM PST by F16Fighter
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