California school district singles out Christian youth club for fees

A Christian after-school youth club has sued a California school district, because the district is requiring the club to pay fees to meet in school facilities.  The district does not require other non-Christian clubs using the same facilities to pay fees.  The school district is assessing the fees because it has determined that the after-school meetings are religious services.  As the lawyers for the American Center for Law and Justice, representing the club, point out–this means that the school district has given itself the responsibility of determining what is a religious service, and what is not.  The school district is also treating religious speech as something different that other forms of speech, which it may not do under the First Amendment.

The Supreme Court has already ruled that religious groups must be granted equal access to public school district facilities.

 

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