Montana high school revokes student club’s official status because of religious beliefs

ADF represents students in letter to Bozeman High School,
explains school’s violation of Constitution, federal law

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter last week to officials with Bozeman Public School District and Bozeman High School after they unlawfully revoked the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ status as a school-sponsored club. The letter explains that the de-recognition of the Bozeman High School huddle of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, after over five years as a school-sponsored student club, violates the First Amendment and the federal Equal Access Act.

Bozeman High School currently recognizes at least 34 different clubs on campus, including the Environmental Awareness Club, Sexuality and Gender Alliance, Human Rights Club, Project X2+, and Youth Legislature. As the ADF letter explains, the Equal Access Act makes it illegal for the school “to deny equal access or a fair opportunity to, or discriminate against, any students who wish to conduct a meeting within that limited open forum on the basis of the religious, political, philosophical, or other content of the speech at such meetings.”

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