They’re coming for you next: Despite allowing the Good News Clubs of the Child Evangelism Fellowship to meet in its Fairview Elementary School for years prior to the COVID lockdowns, the Hayward Unified School District has since blocked further meetings with no explanation, even as it has allowed many other similar but secular clubs to return.
As a result, the non-profit legal firm Liberty Council has sent a demand letter [pdf] to Hayward, threatening it with legal action if it does not immediately allow the Good News Clubs meeting space. As the letter notes,
California law and District policies do not permit the District to deny the use of facilities to
the GNC [Good News Club], particularly where such are made available to Scouts and GOTR [Girls on the Run]. District practice has been to make facilities freely available to these and other groups similarly situated to the GNC, immediately after school. Moreover, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, made applicable to the States (and the District) by the Fourteenth Amendment, also prohibits discriminatory denials of facilities use based on unbridled administrator discretion, or based upon religious viewpoint.
In outlining the facts, the letter also shows that the denial by the district was not because of lack of space, because two different teachers had offered their classrooms for Good News club meetings, since the rooms were empty and available at the required times.
This is not the first time Good News Clubs have been blocked by a school district. I reported on the failed effort in Rhode Island to blacklist this Christian organization in March 2023. In July the court ruled in favor of Good News, forcing Rhode Island to allow it to resume its bible classes for young children.
Liberty Counsel also notes that it has represented the Child Evangelism Fellowship about 200 times nationally, and has never lost a case involving its Good News Clubs.
To put this story in a greater perspective, one must consider that in many states and educational organizations controlled by the Democratic Party and leftist politics, it is now considered unacceptable to expose young children to the Bible. Think about that. The Bible is now viewed by these leftists to be as bad for kids to read as pornography — except that these same leftists now consider it a good thing for kids to see pornography but not the Bible.
In the modern leftist world that now rules us, good and evil have been flipped, with evil on top.
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