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Shortly before schools closed for the summer holidays, school officials in Illinois were forced to reverse their decision to ban a second-grade girl from bringing her Bible to school. The girl, whose name is Gabrielle, likes to bring her Bible to school and would sometimes read it aloud during recess. Other children would often sit, listen and discuss what Gabrielle was reading with her. But a few weeks ago, despite there being no complaints from her fellow students or their parents, a teacher saw her reading with her friends and confiscated the Bible from her. The teacher told Gabrielle the following, “You can’t be doing that.” The school later followed up by contacting the little girl’s parents and told them that Gabrielle was not allowed to read her Bible during recess.
It was in response to this that the parents reached out to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). The ACLJ is a conservative law firm focusing on the issues of religious freedom. From its founding in 1990, it has been at the forefront of defending the First Amendment rights of students to pray, evangelize, read their Bibles, and, generally speaking, engage in religious expression in public schools. Their Chief Counsel, Jay Sekulow, a devout Christian, argued and won two of the most consequential Supreme Court victories in this area. These victories make it clear that the First Amendment does indeed apply to students at every level of the school system.
The ACLJ then sent a letter to the school citing several cases throughout history where students’ religious beliefs were allowed unless the school believed that the speech or expression could “materially and substantially disrupt the work and discipline of the school.” The law firm contended that in Gabrielle’s case, “there wasn’t even a hint of disruption of the work and discipline of the school – not even a complaint – there was no reason to crack down on a second grader’s reading of her Bible on the playground or in the classroom during recess.” After reviewing the letter from the ACLJ, the school then thanked the ACLJ for educating them and removed all restrictions on Gabrielle’s reading. She is now free to continue reading her Bible on the school premises during recess as she was doing.
We thank God for legal firms like the ACLJ that is standing up for the right of students in our schools to pray, evangelize, read their Bibles, and engage in religious expression. This first amendment right was enshrined in the constitution when our forefathers founded this nation.
And as we celebrate its founding today, we give God thanks for this first amendment right. The ACLJ has made it abundantly clear that they will continue to aggressively defend the right of students to free religious exercise in our schools. May God’s blessing be upon them as they continue this fight! Amen!
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