ADF files suit against school district that censored Pa. 1st grader’s John 3:16 valentine
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Attorney sound bites: Matt Sharp | Jeremy Tedesco
— Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit
Monday against a Pennsylvania school district on behalf of a 1st grade student and his parents. In February, Nazareth Area School District unconstitutionally prohibited the student from distributing St. Valentine’s Day cards to his classmates because the cards
contained a note
that mentioned God and included the Bible verse John 3:16 after a sentence about the history of St. Valentine’s Day.
“Public schools ought to encourage, not suppress, the free exchange of ideas, including those communicated through Valentine’s Day cards. A Bible verse and a reference to God does not make such a card unconstitutional,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp. “Religious expression is just as protected by the First Amendment as other messages that students communicate.” read more