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Headline: Christian students censored at Nashville-area school
Pete ChagnonOneNewsNow – 4/23/2009 7:00:00 AM

The Alliance Defense Fund has filed a lawsuit on behalf of students and parents against the Wilson County School Board in Tennessee.

Lakeview Elementary School students wanted to display posters that referenced God and prayer, but school officials said they had to cover up those references before the posters could be displayed.

The posters were hand-drawn by students and announced voluntary activities such as the “See You at the Pole” prayer event.

Nate Kellum is with the Alliance Defense Fund. “Well, Christian students shouldn’t be censored just for expressing their beliefs. They do not check their constitutional rights upon stepping [through] the schoolhouse gate,” he points out. “And yet that seems to be the philosophy of the school district here that they are selectively censoring their speech because, in their opinion, religious speech is inappropriate.”

Kellum says the school is arguing that the posters cause an Establishment Clause problem, and that some students might be offended if these religious students were able to express their beliefs.

He adds that ADF is merely asking the court to abolish the policy and allow the students to practice their First Amendment rights. Kellum expects a decision by Monday.

This is the situation where we’re believing that God CAN move mountains! My daughter made the above posters. This is the stand that my family has been called to take.

Without giving any other details, could I ask you to join us in praying for the Judge over this case? Please pray that the Spirit of the Lord would hover over him, and give Him wisdom and discretion. Pray that He will base his ruling on the upholding of the Constitution and on obedience to God rather than being swayed by the pressures of man.

Thank you so much! I’ll be back soon with that You and Your Girl post! 🙂
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  1. Praying, i read that on Onenewsnow and thought about you guys1!!

  2. Praying–so close to home as Mike works in the
    Metro school district.

  3. A Stone Gatherer says:

    Praying for you all!

  4. Carolina Mama says:

    Thanks for these updates. We are praying for the Judge that he will make a correct ruling of the situation as it is. He will be blessed for honoring what is right – look at Miss California and her testimony and how she is standing strong. Praise the Lord. We’re all so proud of you and your friends in this.

  5. Keep standing firm! We are praying for your entire family, the judge, and the ADF lawyer.

  6. I’m so proud of you for doing this. Can’t wait to hear the outcome.
    Yes, God Can.

  7. I’ll be praying for you and for Judge Echols. You are taking a brave stand on an issue that I believe is important to the future of our country.