Student who defended Bible study recalls Oval Office meet

Monday, January 20, 2020
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

First Amendment (Bill of Rights)President Donald Trump used the Oval Office last week to defend the rights of public school students to express their faith, including welcoming a former high school student who sued his own school and won.

Chase Windebank was a high school senior in 2014 when he filed a federal lawsuit against Pine Creek High, located in Colorado Springs, after the school objected to a student-led Bible study he helped start.

Windebank, now a 23-year-old youth pastor, tells OneNewsNow he was among several Americans who entered the Oval Office last week to meet the President and to hear him defend religious freedom on National Religious Freedom Day.

“We will not let anyone push God from the public square,” Trump said before singing an official proclamation.

According to The Washington Examiner, it has been 15 years since a presidential administration updated guidelines that remind public education officials about the First Amendment rights of their students.

The Trump administration also used the occasion to remind federal agencies about the Trinity Lutheran case -- which OneNewsNow has reported on -- to ensure that religious expression is treated fairly in federal funding and federal grants, the Examiner reported.

Beyond just watching Trump sign a proclamation, Windebank tells OneNewsNow he was knowledgeable about what the Trump administration was doing with the President's signature to defend religious expression.

 “It requires public schools to respect students' rights to express their faith,” he points out, “and then it orders the federal grant programs to not discriminate against religious schools or organizations.”

Windebank and other Pine Creek students were allowed to continue their Bible study after the school backed down approximately a year after the lawsuit was filed.

 

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