This is just the latest battle in the war for our schools. Many misguided educators do not realize that the U.S. Department of Education clearly permits students to use Bible verses in class assignments. Liberty Institute attorney Jeremy Dys says that, “if a school official tells students that their beliefs cannot be expressed in class assignments, it teaches them that religion is bad.” While groups like the ACLU might try to intimidate and misinform teachers and school administration, the First Amendment guarantee of the free exercise of religion has been strongly upheld in court time and again.
The parents fortunately hired a constitutional defense lawyer to intervene in the situation. The school was given a ten-day ultimatum to apologize and make the necessary policy changes. The school wisely chose to follow the law and allow Mackenzie to redo her presentation including the Bible verse. If your child is faced with a similar situation, do not give in to the intolerant demands. Yes, the First Amendment does apply to schools.
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