A federal appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling
that upheld the removal of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) from a
Minnesota public school.
The court ruled that the Minneapolis Special School District No.
1 engaged in viewpoint discrimination when it removed CEF
from the after-school program (see earlier story).
Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel says the district was wrong to
believe the club had to be treated differently because of its
"That is exactly the opposite of what the school should be
doing," he asserts. "They should be at least neutral in the
situation and not censure the message solely because the message is
from a Christian viewpoint."
He says the only rationale for discriminating against CEF is
ignorance of the law or outright animosity toward Christianity.
"This particular court ultimately found that this was
unconstitutional, that CEF and the Good News network have a First
Amendment right to engage in religious viewpoints. In other words,
[it is] permissible subject matter," Staver tells OneNewsNow. "So,
this is a great victory. We are very excited."
The attorney adds that the appeals court ruling is solid,
so he doubts the schools will appeal this case to the U.S. Supreme