A settlement reached between Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and a Madison, Wisconsin school district—means the district will respect students’ constitutional right to religious expression in their artwork.
A teacher told a student at the local high school to either remove or cover up a Scripture reference as part of a piece of artwork. The policy sited banned depictions of “blood, violence, sexual connotations, or—religious beliefs! What’s going on?
No school policy can require a student to surrender their First Amendment rights. . .yet it’s taking place every day on public school campuses in our country—religious freedom and free speech rights being threatened.
It’s why Alliance Defending Freedom has put together a free Student Rights handbook for students attending K-12 public schools.
Know your rights!
For ten years, a praying parents group met once a month in the school cafeteria while their children were in class. They prayed for the students, teachers and their families.
They were shut down by an ACLU lawsuit saying the school was endorsing and promoting religious activities—violating the First Amendment.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys took on their case and won!
The point is—the parents were not violating the First Amendment.
But when confronted, they didn’t know their rights.
ADF has put together a free Student Rights Handbook. It’s important information for you to know about religious freedom for students attending K-12 in public schools.
Your child can pray at school. Talk about God in class assignments. Start a religious club on campus. They can freely share their faith with other students. And as a parent, you can opt your child out of any curriculum that violates your family’s religious beliefs.
Does what I’ve just said come as a surprise to you?
Know your rights as a parent—and for your student in K-12!
Alliance Defending Freedom has put together a free “Student Rights Handbook”—one I highly recommend.
It’s free—making it possible for every parent and grandparent to read and share with friends.
And if your child has been censored for sharing their faith at school, Alliance Defending Freedom wants to know about it!
Fortunately with the intervention by Alliance Defending Freedom, the Los Angeles Unified School District agreed to change a policy initially preventing a 5th grader from performing a Christian song of his choice.
Christian students shouldn’t be censored at public schools just because a district official considers religious speech to be offensive. After ADF filed suit, the school district ultimately did the right thing by changing its policy.
But every day on public school campuses, the religious freedom and free speech rights of students—even 5th graders—are being threatened. Alliance Defending Freedom is here to help.
As a parent, you need to be informed. Get a free copy of ADF’s “Student Rights Handbook”.
As a parent, know your student rights!
In 2012, the head of a Christian soccer camp ministry and his family, were peacefully distributing fliers in front of the Overland Park, Kansas Soccer Complex, promoting their soccer camps. Police threatened to arrest them if they didn’t stop. They stopped, and later filed a suit through Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys.
The City didn’t have a written policy. But now the city’s declared the Complex not open to the indiscriminate use of the general public—unless invited. They say they’re assuring against litter and efficient flow of pedestrian traffic.
Banning passing out soccer camp fliers on a public sidewalk, seems an excessive response to their concerns!
Because of the efforts of Alliance Defending Freedom, the outcome was positive, and the fliers can be distributed once again.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys agree. They recently asked the Colorado Supreme Court to uphold an appellate court’s ruling—and affirm Douglas County’s policy to include private religious schools in its school choice program.
These schools provide an excellent education that meets all the standards. Why shouldn’t they be welcomed into programs like this, so that students, and the community—all benefit!
Opponents gave the usual church versus state argument. Fortunately, the Colorado Court of Appeals disagreed!
Pray for our friends at Alliance Defending Freedom as they are at the forefront in the battle for religious freedom. Their attorneys are volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise to represent these religious freedom cases.