CEF Wins Permanent Injunction Against Indiana School District

Feb 8, 2018

An Indiana federal district court has granted Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) a permanent injunction against an unconstitutional policy that the School District of Pike Township used to discriminate against Good News Clubs. Liberty Counsel represents CEF nationwide. One of the ministries of CEF is after-school Good News Clubs for children K-5.

In violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the District previously required CEF to pay facilities use fees for Good News Club meetings, while waiving the fees for similarly situated, non-religious groups. For nearly two school years, the District ignored CEF’s numerous attempts to resolve the constitutional violations. This deprived Pike Township elementary students of the Good News Club’s program, which CEF offers to all interested students free of charge.

Liberty Counsel filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of CEF. The Court previously granted CEF a preliminary injunction, concluding that the District’s policy was likely to be found unconstitutional, and requiring the District to immediately waive facility fees for CEF in the same manner as for other non-religious clubs.

After further litigation, the case has now been fully resolved in favor of CEF. The Court has entered an Agreed Permanent Injunction and Judgment which permanently prohibits the District from charging CEF any facility fees in the future. The Court also ordered the District to pay back to CEF all of the discriminatory facility fees that were unconstitutionally charged and to pay Liberty Counsel the sum of $85,000 as and for reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.

CEF has been encouraging learning, spiritual growth, moral development, and service to children ages 5-12 since 1937 and is actively expanding its ministry into new nations and new areas within nations, with a goal of reaching “Every Child, Every Nation, Every Day.”

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