Attorney defends action by CA school board

Monday, December 5, 2016
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

desks in high school classroomA religious liberty attorney is defending a public school board that voted to limit prayers and Bible citations at meetings.

Chino Valley school board members approved a resolution that states religion will only be discussed if the topic pertains to agenda items.

Robert Tyler, general counsel of Advocates for Faith and Freedom, says it was a calculated move to defend the board against the Freedom From Religion Foundation's lawsuit that contends pre-meeting prayers are unconstitutional.

"School board members don't have the right to just get up and talk about anything they want to talk about under the sun while on dais," the attorney explains. "It has to be germane to what are the issues in front of the school board."

OneNewsNow reported in a November story that the school board caved after a federal judge ruled against the school board in February. 

By passing the resolution, Tyler says, it narrows the case so that they can focus on the issue that's most important.

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2014 upheld the constitutionality of legislative prayers at city council meetings, which Tyler says is germane to their case and which is being appealed to the 9th Circuit.

"What we need to litigate is the issue that's really important," he insists, "and that is the ability to recognize God officially and formally during invocation at the beginning of school board meetings, because that's the issue."

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