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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Pro-schooler Chastised for Sharing Faith

Zachariah is four-year old member of the Head Start Head Start early childhood development program in Baker City, Oregon. When he shared his faith with a fellow pre-schooler during a non-instructional time, the instructor, overhearing the conversation, stopped him from discussing Christianity. His grandmother contacted contact the American Family Association Center for Law and Policy (AFA Law Center) for counsel.

Steve Crampton, Chief Counsel for AFA, responded "The school is wrong. As the United States Supreme Court has observed, “[t]here is a crucial difference between government speech endorsing religion, which the Establishment Clause forbids, and private speech endorsing religion." The school was informed of their error. They backed-off and apologized for their actions.

Grandmother Gets Help Asserting Preschooler's Right to Share His Faith

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