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May 05, 2005

School drop discriminating practice after legal threat

From Agape Press:

Initially, representatives of Child Evangelism Fellowship's Good News Clubs in the Marysville School District were told by district officials that state law in Washington required them to charge the Christian group more for its use of school facilities than they would charge similar secular clubs. While civic and community groups such as the Boy Scouts were charged one set fee, the Good News Club was being charged more because it is a religious organization.

The director of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) in Snohomish County contacted Liberty Counsel, a Florida-based legal organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom and other pro-family causes. Liberty Counsel immediately sent a demand letter to the Marysville School District, explaining that Washington state law does not require school officials to target religious groups for discrimination by charging disparate fees based on their religious viewpoint.

Liberty Counsel president Mat Staver says the case has been resolved. "As a result of our intervention -- and just before filing a lawsuit against this school district -- they did reverse their position, fortunately," he notes. "They've now agreed to allow Good News Clubs to meet on campus after school at the same kind of rental fee that they charge anyone else, which is 50 cents per hour."

The school will also be reimbursing the excessive fees they'd previously charged.

What in the world was that school thinking?!? “We have to charge Christians more.” right. But notice this — if it had been the ACLU and the school had charged...oh...a homosexual group excessive fees, do you think the school would have gotten off with just rescinding the fees and reimbursing back fees? Heck no, they'd be paying the ACLU's outrageously inflated “legal” expenses.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 5, 2005 10:53 AM

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