Jan 16, 2017
LEAVENWORTH, WA -- In a victory for Child Evangelism Fellowship, its after-school Good News Club can now continue to distribute promotional flyers to K-5 students in the Cascade School District.
A parent previously complained that sending home the Good News Club flyers with students was “using the public school system to promote religion,” despite the clear disclaimer on the flyers that the club is privately sponsored and not funded by the district. As a result of this single complaint, the Cascade School District prohibited further distribution of the flyers, stating it was a violation of Cascade School Board Policy 2340f. That policy stated, “Material and/or announcements promoting religion may not be distributed by non-students or on behalf of groups or individuals who are not students.” However, other nonprofit youth organizations such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Campfire Girls, YMCA and YWCA were permitted to distribute flyers to K-5 students in the district.
After Liberty Counsel contacted the school superintendent, the Cascade School District reversed the previous directive and now allows the Good News Clubs to distribute flyers to the students. The school board also has eliminated the unconstitutional Policy 2340f.
Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel said, “The Cascade School District made the appropriate decision to eliminate the unconstitutional policy and recognize that the Good News Club has equal access to students. Public schools cannot discriminate against Christian viewpoints and allow other organizations to promote their materials. We are elated with this victory for Child Evangelism Fellowship, for equal access and for our Constitution,” said Staver.
Child Evangelism Fellowship has been encouraging learning, spiritual growth, and service to others for over seventy years and is currently active in every state in the union, as well as over 183 countries. Good News Clubs worldwide are providing religious and moral education to children in 43,186 clubs. In an April 2013 CEF survey, more than 87 percent of principals responded that after-school Good News Clubs have been a positive experience for their school, and over 52 percent reported improved behavior from students who participate in them. Liberty Counsel represents Child Evangelism Fellowship throughout the nation and has never lost a case concerning the Good News Clubs.
Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.