A nonprofit litigation firm dedicated to advancing religious
freedom is demanding that a Washington State county fair treat a
children's Christian organization the same as other groups at the
Chelan County Fair officials told Child Evangelism Fellowship
(CEF) members they cannot distribute anything to anyone under 18
who is not accompanied by an adult. But as Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel points out, other groups are
not under the same restrictions.
"Obviously, if only one, like CEF, has to do that
and the others are not, there's an unequal treatment. And
consequently, it's designed to keep the young children from the
Good News Club booth that is sponsored by Child Evangelism
Fellowship," the attorney explains. "So, we're looking at this.
We've sent a demand letter making sure that CEF is treated equally,
just like everyone else."
He asserts that fair officials cannot single out an organization
solely based on the viewpoint of the message it presents.
"For example, if … the Boy Scouts [are giving] information
regarding scouting, then certainly CEF can give out information
regarding Good News Clubs and quoting the gospel without getting
parental permission," Staver reasons.
Liberty Counsel has successfully
helped CEF clubs fight discrimination throughout the country,
many cases being resolved without litigation. Staver adds, though,
that they will not hesitate taking legal action if officials are
unwilling to abide by the Constitution.