Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness

From CitizenLink comes this incredible story:

Good News: Tennessee Court Upholds Religious Liberties

A Tennessee court has refused to cave in to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which sought to ban religious expression at a Nashville public school.

The ACLU sued Wilson County public schools, claiming they violated the constitution by allowing student prayer events, National Day of Prayer observances and the celebration of religious holidays. The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) represented parents.

“The court acknowledged that Christians cannot be discriminated against for their beliefs, and that personal prayer, mentions of God and Christmas references are constitutionally appropriate in school,” ADF Senior Counsel Nate Kellum said. “The ACLU hoped to wipe out every reference to God.”

But that is NOT what the court held:

(From the PDF of the actual Court ruling provided by the ACLU)

(C)ertain practices at Lakeview Elementary School...did not have a secular purpose and were allowed or pursued to tacitly approve the activities of the Praying Parents, which had the primary effect of endorsing or promoting their Christian beliefs and programs at the school. Therefore...the Court finds in favor of the Does and against all Defendants except the Board itself.

Hat tip to Fundies Say the Darndest Things

And for the legal minded, Ed Brayton's outstanding coverage:


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