SILENCED: Public School Slaps Down Pro-Life Club

Written by Kevin Fobbs on September 3, 2015

Are you certain that your child will not have Christian pro-life views shut down in their public school? According to the Daily Caller, Angelique Clark a young girl who attends the Career and Technical Academy saw her efforts to start a pro-life-club blocked by the school.

Clark, who like many students across America faced barriers that school administrators in public schools often create for Christian students; refused to bend or yield. The refusal of the school to allow her to establish a pro-life club, which had already identified 25 students who wanted to join, was sheer hypocrisy, because the school already had a gay-straight alliance club.

The courageous student had attempted to start a similar club in the last school year but her efforts had been stalled and eventually blocked by the school administration until the school year clock ran out.

Fortunately for Clark and the other 25 students who wanted to express their pro-life views by having a club, the school was threatened by a law suit from the Thomas More Society. Clark worked with the conservative legal group to force the school to relent. According to Sons of Liberty , Jocelyn Floyd, Thomas More Society associate counsel, stressed “there have been times when school districts will dig their heels in whether they have a strong case or not.”

Is this a permanent win for pro-life and the Christian civil rights of students all across America or one battle in a very long war?

Students in classrooms and schools like the young Christian student are beginning their school years with liberal teachers and school administrators who are armed with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that may weaponize attacks on Christian students. Many students like Clark may soon find themselves, not only blocked from establishing pro-life clubs, but also traditional marriage, or bible clubs in schools.

The rational that these school administrators will use is a Supreme Court decision that was irrationally decided and had no constitutional basis in permitting gay marriage as a matter of law. As a result of this decision, which four of the court justices vehemently protested against, a student like Clark who wanted to establish a traditional marriage school club could be regarded as criminal.

You may be thinking that this is not something that could possibly happen in a nation where the freedom of religion and the First Amendment protection of it protects a student’s religious rights. The harsh reality is that your child and millions of children in neighborhood schools like your child’s are now targets for suspension and expulsion.

Take for example last year when, according to Breitbart, a Florida, Broward County Public School banned fifth grader Giovanni Rubeo from reading the Bible during “free reading” time. Despite the fact this was free time, Rubeo was informed that his religious freedom did not apply during the free time and was told by his teacher, Swornia Thomas, to put his Bible away.

Do you see a pattern surfacing here? Freedom does not mean freedom for students who express their Christian constitutional civil rights.

Again, as in Clark’s case, legal action had to be threatened. Hiram Sasser, Liberty Institute Director of Litigation, suggested in a letter to the superintendent and school board members, “Banning religious books like the Bible violates Giovanni’s civil rights to religious free speech and free exercise,” He continued by stating, “The school’s actions exemplify the hostility to religion that the U.S. Supreme Court has condemned,” reported Breitbart.  

The bottom line is that whether it is a pro-life club, traditional marriage club, or Bible reading or even prayer club, your child, or any child like Clark or Rubeo, may become the next target in the war against Christian civil rights.


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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as a community and tenant organizer, Legal Services outreach program director, public relations consultant, business executive, gubernatorial and presidential appointee, political advisor, widely published writer, and national lecturer. Kevin is co-chair and co-founder of AC-3 (American-Canadian Conservative Coalition) that focuses on issues on both sides of the border between the two countries.