Skip to comments.STARNES: School: Lil' Wayne Is fine, The Bible Is Not
Posted on 12/03/2013 2:41:20 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
A Kansas middle school student who wanted to promote a See You At the Pole prayer event was barred from doing so because the fliers had illegal Bible verses, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the Unified School District No. 204.
Officials at Robert E. Clark Middle School in Bonner Springs confiscated and then destroyed the fliers the student had already posted, attorney Matt Sharp alleged.flyer1
Sharp, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, filed the lawsuit last week on behalf of the seventh grade girl, known in court documents as KR.
Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas, Sharp said. The law on this is extremely clear; school policies cannot target religious speech for exclusion. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech for all students, regardless of their religious or political beliefs.
In September the student posted fliers to promote a See You At the Pole rally. The event was part of a national day of prayer when students gather around the flagpole of their school at the beginning of the day to pray for the school, students and staff.
Some of the fliers included Bible verses referencing John 3:16 and Romans 5:8 two well-known passages of Scripture in the New Testament.
The student posted the fliers in hallways at the school on Sept. 20th. Later that night, she returned to the school for a dance and was confronted by Chellie Bonebrake, a school counselor.
The lawsuit alleges that Bonebrake forcefully told the child that the fliers were illegal because they were a violation of the separation of church and state.
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Just so you know, in Kansas we have lots of towns with two names. Bonner Springs is known as Bonner, Garden City known as Garden.... Arkansas City known as Ark City (and when the whole name is said or the name of the river, the emphasis is on the second syllable as in ArKANSAS City, Hutchinson is known as Hutch. All said with a nice twang.
Damned Red Legs!!!!
I learn something new on FR every day.
Is Little Wayne a rapper who signs obscene lyrics? Amazing that would be ok, but anything touching on organized religion is not.
It isn’t even “organized religion”. It was Bible verses.
See You At The Pole is perfectly legal.
The Supreme Court has consistently upheld the rights of students to express themselves on public school
campuses, even within group contexts similar to See You at the Pole. In 1969, the Supreme Court held in
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District that students have the right to speak and
express themselves on campus.3 The Court later held in Board of Education v. Mergens that Bible clubs
and prayer groups have the right to meet on that Bible clubs and prayer groups have the right to meet on
public secondary school campuses.4 The Court interpreted the Equal Access Act 5 to insure that high
school students were not discriminated against in public schools because of their religious beliefs. The Act
provides that public secondary schools that receive federal funding must allow Bible clubs to meet on
campus during non-instructional time to the same extent that noncurricular clubs are permitted to meet on
campus.6 It should extend to student prayer groups as well as Bible clubs that organize See You at the
Pole or similar events. As Justice OConnor explained, writing for the Court in Mergens, if a State refused to
let religious groups use facilities open to others, then it would demonstrate not neutrality but hostility
toward religion.7 Almost all public secondary schools receive federal funding. Thus, if such schools
permit non-curricular clubs such as Interact, Zonta, 4-H, Chess Club, and other service-type clubs to meet
and hold events on campus, those schools must also permit See You at the Pole events to the same
extent. In sum, student Bible clubs and prayer groups must be given equal access.
A. Students May Participate in See You at the Pole Even if the Event is Not Sponsored by An Officially Recognized Club.
As the Supreme Court made clear in Tinker, students have substantial rights under the First Amendment.
From the book of Romans ... the people who threw Christians to the lions in the first place.....
I think if Obama thought he could get away with it, he would throw Christians to the lions.
My mom’s home town was Ness City, aka “Ness”.
People admire the profit, not the Prophet.
“Damned Red Legs!!!!”
What have you got against artillerymen?