Some middle-school students in California started a Fellowship of Christian Athletes club at school. But administrators quickly pulled the plug after receiving a complaint from someone in the community.
Even though the Equal Access Act specifically permits student-led religious clubs at school, Yosemite Unified School District officials shut down the FCA club based on the complaint of one atheist. Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute said the school overreacted to the complaint.
"This happens all too often,” he says. “And when it does, people need to contact organizations such as the Pacific Justice Institute that can come in, set the record straight, and get the Christian club back on its feet and operating again."
The attorney also reports the school board was wrong in trying to dictate how often youth pastors and others could speak at FCA meetings.
"The board now has backed away from the suggestion that community leaders only be allowed to visit once a year,” he adds. “That's a real success. Now we're working with the school district for a final resolution so that it will very clear how often individuals can come in and participate in club meetings and speak to the kids."
The ban was lifted after Dacus sent a legal opinion to the board explaining suspension of the club clashed with both federal law and the U.S. Constitution.