Friday, July 02, 2010

Florida School Restricts Religious Freedom, Christians Sue

A local Christian organization is suing the Collier County School District for prohibiting Bible distribution on its campuses. (See article below the videos)

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-- From "Christian group suing Collier School District for prohibiting Bible distribution on campuses" by Katherine Albers, Naples Daily News 7/1/10

World Changers of Florida filed the suit in the U.S. District Court in Fort Myers challenging the district’s decision to prohibit its members from passing out free Bibles on Religious Freedom Day, which is held each Jan. 16.

World Changers of Florida President Jerry Rutherford has handed out Bibles at the schools for two years, after former School Board Attorney Richard Withers said the district must provide access to groups wishing to pass out Bibles, subject to reasonable, nonjudgmental limitations as to the time, space and place for the event to occur.

Rutherford petitioned the Community Request Committee on Nov. 10, 2008, to make Bibles available to high school and to middle school students on Jan. 16, 2009.

Rutherford received a letter from then-Assistant Superintendent John Kelly on Jan. 13, 2009, which said Kelly, the chairman of the committee, had been advised by District Attorney Jon Fishbane that the request could not be considered by the committee.

In the suit, Orlando-based Liberty Counsel, a Christian law firm representing the World Changers of Florida, said other nonprofit groups have been allowed to distribute literature on campuses, including military recruiters, Golden Gate American Little League, and the Humane Society of Naples. The lawsuit claims World Changers was denied its distribution request because the district wants to censor its message.

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