Christian school calls off legal challenge

Monday, March 1, 2021
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

God and government (gavel, Bible, Constitution)A small Christian school in Oregon has withdrawn its lawsuit against the state now that Governor Katherine Brown (D) has relented and allowed it to reopen for in-person classes.

Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney Mark Lippelmann, who represented Hermiston Christian School, recently told The Christian Post that Hermiston was being treated differently than other schools and daycare centers, which is unconstitutional.

"Oregon now recognizes it can't close religious schools while allowing nearby public schools to remain open or while allowing full-day childcare facilities to open with the very same children in the very same physical environment," Lippelmann asserts.

Lippelmann

He explains the school had been inspected and complimented on its safety precautions, but it was only allowed to operate as a childcare center. One News Now reported in October that Hermiston Christian School had filed a lawsuit in federal court to challenge Gov. Brown's order threatening private schools with 30 days jail time and a $1,250 fine for reopening in-person instruction.

"As soon as the school worked toward its mission of spreading the gospel and teaching the faith, the school faced threats of imprisonment and fines because they would actually be instructing their children," the attorney explains. "That violated the governor's orders."

ADF will review any future state orders to ensure that they comport with the Constitution.

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