New York School Rejects Student Christian Club, OKs LGBT Pride Club

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The student’s request was denied on grounds that a Christian club was too “exclusive” and that a public school could not support a religious club.

New York School Rejects Student Christian Club, allows LGBT Pride Club
New York School Rejects Student Christian Club, allows LGBT Pride Club

A New York school district violated federal law when it rejected a Christian student’s request to start an on-campus Christian club, according to a nonprofit legal group representing the student.

The First Liberty Institute sent a letter to Wappingers Central School District on Wednesday demanding that it approve freshman Daniela Barca’s application to form the “OMG! Christian Club” at Roy C. Ketcham High School.

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The aim of the club, according to First Liberty Institute, is to offer “faith-based support” during biweekly student-initiated meetings where students have “discussions about living for God in a godless society.”

First Liberty Institute has accused school officials of stonewalling and slow walking approval of Barca’s proposal.

Ultimately, the student’s request was denied on grounds that a Christian club was too “exclusive” and that a public school could not support a religious club.

“[T]he discrimination toward Daniela’s religious speech has prevented OMG from pursuing their community-wide goals of ‘food drives, clothing drives, Operation Christmas Child’ and other charitable endeavors,” the letter from First Liberty Institute counsel Keisha Russell states.

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“Ketcham school officials blatantly ignored the plain text of the Equal Access Act of 1984 by rejecting Daniela’s Christian club because of its religious speech. The act has been unequivocal on this point for 35 years.”

The EAA states that it is unlawful for public secondary schools that receive federal assistance and have limited open forums to “deny equal access or fair opportunity” to students who wish to conduct a meeting within the open forum on the basis of “religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech at such meetings.”

According to Russell’s letter, Barca contacted the school’s assistant principal on Sept. 5. She was told that the application submitted by her sponsoring teacher was lost. However, the teacher who agreed to sponsor the club told Barca on Sept. 10 that the form had been located.

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Barca had three different meetings with Principal David Seipp, the letter states. Seipp reportedly informed Barca that he was denying the formation of the club on grounds that the school could not promote the club.

After Barca continued to press Seipp about the club, she was told that her club couldn’t be recognized because it would be “seen as exclusive.”

Barca’s father, William Barca, appealed the refusal to Assistant Superintendent for Compliance and Information Systems, Daren Lolkema, telling him in an email that his daughter wanted to start a club for her and other Christians to support each other in their beliefs.

However, Lolkema informed William Barca that the school district could not support a religious club that is not “completely unbiased to any and all religions.”

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Ketcham High School recognizes over 20 student clubs, including the LGBT rights student group called Pride Club.

Russell asserted in her letter that the school officials’ actions are in clear violation of federal law.

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  1. Ungodly discrimination; they should be sued or pray for those responsible to be thrown out of office;
    Luke 10;19
    Psalm 7; 9,15-16
    psalm 68;1-2,
    psalm 3;7.
    Isaiah 54;17,
    Luke 21;15
    .1 anti-Christ spirit on this campus, scatter with their agents in Jesus name.
    2.Evil agents meeting against the body of Christ on this campus, make mistakes that would expose them and scatter them, in Jesus name .
    3.Lecturers and teachers acting for the dark kingdom in this campus, receive confusion and misunderstanding in Jesus name.
    4.Leprosy, overshadow the activities of dark kingdom on this campus.
    5.Gay and lesbian groups on this campus, receive thunder and lighting and scatter in Jesus name.
    6.The angel that destroyed the Syrian troops, destroy the wickedness of gay and lesbian groups and their supporters on this campus, in Jesus name.
    7.Oh God arise and let your enemies on this campus organised against you scatter in Jesus name
    8. Let the secret of the lecturers/tutors, gay and lesbian groups and their agents’ secrets be destroyed and exposed in Jesus name.
    9.Any plan of the tutors and gay and lesbian groups on this campus fail and backfire to them in Jesus name.
    10.Disaster, befall the gay and lesbian groups and the tutors/lectures involved in fighting the body of Christ on this campus in Jesus name.
    11.Powers of the night gathered against the body of Christ, scatter now in Jesus name. Matthew 13;25(spend at least one hour to pray this; pray aggressively)

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