After receiving a letter from First Liberty Institute, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora, Illinois, has reversed its position and approved senior Marcail McBride’s request for a religious accommodation. Instead of completing the school’s Student Gender and Sexuality Program, the school offered her an alternate assignment.
As CBN News reported on Feb. 2, McBride was threatened with disciplinary action for declining to participate in the program that violates her religious beliefs.
The IMSA requires students to complete the Student Gender and Sexuality Program before graduation. Students must agree to both “stay engaged” and “experience discomfort” while participating in the program, which uses sexual language to identify sexual preferences and gender identity.
In November, McBride’s parents notified IMSA officials that their daughter could not participate in the program because it forces her to violate her religious beliefs. The IMSA leadership repeatedly denied the McBrides’ request and threatened to punish Marcail if she would not participate in the program.
First Liberty Institute, a religious rights law firm, sent a letter to the IMSA, demanding the school immediately approve McBride’s request. Attorneys with First Liberty reminded the school that the Illinois Religious Freedom Restoration Act requires the IMSA to refrain from placing a substantial burden on the religious exercise of its students.
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