New York High School Refuses to Let Student Start Christian Club on Campus

(PHOTO: COURTESY OF LIBERTY INSTITUTE) Liz Loverde, a student at Wantagh High School in New York, has asked to start a Christian club at her school called "Dare to Believe," but officials have rejected her request.
(PHOTO: COURTESY OF LIBERTY INSTITUTE)
Liz Loverde, a student at Wantagh High School in New York, has asked to start a Christian club at her school called “Dare to Believe,” but officials have rejected her request.

A New York high school has rejected a student’s request to have a Christian club on campus, prompting possible legal action by a Texas-based organization.

Wantagh High School of the Wantagh Union Free School District recently denied official recognition for Elizabeth Loverde’s proposed club “Dare to Believe.”

In response to the rejection, Loverde and her family contacted the Plano, Texas-based Liberty Institute, which sent a letter Monday to the principal, as well as to other school district officials.

“Once a secondary school such as yours creates a limited open forum, it cannot deny equal access to student groups on the basis of the religious content of the students’ speech,” read the letter. “We therefore demand that the school reconsider its position, approve Liz’s club proposal, and grant official recognition to Dare to Believe.”

Hiram Sasser, managing director of strategic litigation for the Liberty Institute, told The Christian Post that as of Tuesday, Wantagh School District officials “have not responded to the letter.”

“[Legal action] shouldn’t be necessary. … We have no idea why the school district is rebelling against this well settled law. … Congress passed a law signed by President Reagan and the Supreme Court ruled more than 15 years ago that schools must allow faith based clubs,” Sasser told CP.

In September, Loverde met with Wantagh Principal Carolyn Breivogel about the possibility of starting a Christian club called Dare to Believe.

Reportedly, Breivogel rejected the student club idea under the assumption that having a Christian student organization recognized would violate the U.S. Constitution.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Michael Gryboski

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