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July 05, 2005

Judge rules for more ignorance in government schools

From LifeNews:

A federal judge has ruled that a 15 year-old girl can't distribute pro-life literature in her school because he claims it would lead to a divisive "battlefield" in the school's hallways.

Michelle Heinkel and her mother, Debra Heinkel, filed a federal lawsuit saying Cypress Lake Middle School violated her First Amendment rights when it disallowed her to pass out information on abortion and abortion alternatives.

The policy of the Lee County school district prohibits students from handing out brochures or other literature on campuses.

In a 21-page order, U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Hernandez Covington sided with the school above Heinkel's free speech rights. He said if the school allowed Heinkel to distribute the pro-life brochures, it would have to allow abortion advocates to disseminate materials as well....

Mathew Staver, an attorney from Liberty Counsel, a pro-life law firm representing Heinkel and her mother, said he was surprised by Covington's decision. He told the Associated Press he plans to appeal the ruling to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

"Students have the right to communicate with one another during noninstructional time, and this includes distributing pro-life literature. Religious speech and pro-life speech are not illegitimate twins. Both are protected by the First Amendment," Staver explained.

It's not like those kids are there to learn anything, right.

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 5, 2005 07:31 AM

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