8/16/11: Religious Groups Have Rights on School Campuses

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With a new school year upon us, it won’t be long before Christian students are challenged for praying in school or during school events. To help differentiate law from intimidation FCA, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, with help from Christian free speech advocates the Alliance Defense Fund, are writing a 23-page handbook on members’ rights as a religious, school-based organization.

The handbook states that teachers, coaches and other adult supporters can monitor, facilitate, or supervise FCA meetings, but cannot be the primary leaders of the group. It also says the activities of the meetings “must be primarily led by students.”

Ed Pulkinen, coastal area director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, says that’s also what makes them most effective.”