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October 20, 2005

Court of Appeals sides with student against school's censorship of religion

From WorldNetDaily...

Antonio Peck, who attended Catherine McNamara Elementary School in Baldwinsville, N.Y., as a kindergarten student during the 1999-2000 school year, included an image of Jesus and other religious elements in a poster created in fulfillment of a homework assignment on the environment. 

The student reportedly was expressing his belief that God was the only way to save the environment. 

School officials rejected one version of the poster and then obscured a portion of the second version when it was placed on display at an assembly, citing concerns over its "religious" nature. 

Liberty Counsel, a Florida-based public-interest law firm, filed suit over the second poster.

In other words, the school is teaching that intolerance is fine as long as it's intolerance against Christianity and Christians. 

The second version of the poster portrayed Jesus, a church with a cross, some people picking up trash, an image of children holding hands around a globe, some clouds, trees, a squirrel and grass.

Initially, in 2000, the court ruled in favor of the school. But the court of appeals sent the case back on appeal. The same court ruled a second time for the school, and once again the appeals court is disagreeing with them.

Of interest is that the 2nd, 9th and 11th Circuit courts have established precedence that in such cases the school is discriminating while the 1st and 10th Circuit courts have set precedence that the school may censor under the ruse of the mythical “separation of Church and State” amendment. So it'll be another case for the Supreme Court.

While the Alliance Defense Fund, initially helped the family through this case, guess who'll be rushing to defend the schools that want to teach intolerance of Christians..yep, the ACLU.

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Posted by Danny Carlton at October 20, 2005 05:58 AM

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