A religious liberty law firm is aiding Christian high schoolers after Montana school officials punished their Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter.
Alliance Defending Freedom is representing the Bozeman High students after their FCA “huddle” was labeled a non-school-sponsored club, which restricts their ability to publicize their meetings and treats them as an off-campus organization.
Bozeman High took action after four students complained to the school board about FCA’s traditional religious beliefs, such as moral purity and biblical sexuality.
“That's the only thing that happened,” says ADF attorney Jonathan Larcomb. “The only thing that's changed is that these four girls complained."
Bozeman High recognizes more than 30 student clubs, including one called the Sexuality and Gender Alliance, and ADF warned school leaders in early December that punishing the FCA chapter violates the federal Equal Access Act as well as the First Amendment.
Larcomb says ADF is vigorously pursuing its case against the public school district after school officials asked for more time to respond to their letter, then ignored that extension.