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Washington School Denies Interfaith Prayer Club, Allows LGBTQ Club

In Washington state, a young girl with a vision for unity and faith faced the all-too-familiar wall of selective tolerance. Eleven-year-old Laura, a student at Creekside Elementary, saw an opportunity to bridge divides and foster community through an interfaith prayer club. Her initiative was a call to inclusivity, extending a hand to students of all faiths. However, her noble idea was promptly dismissed by the school’s administration, a stark contrast to their recent approval of an LGBTQ Pride club. This isn’t just about a prayer group being denied; it’s a glaring example of the double standards permeating our education system.

Laura’s proposition was simple yet profound. Amidst feelings of isolation in her classroom, she envisioned a space where students could find solace and community through prayer and service, regardless of their religious beliefs. The refusal to allow Laura’s prayer group is a constitutional violation. This isn’t merely bureaucratic red tape; it’s religious discrimination in plain sight. The school’s decision to prioritize the launch of a Pride club while rejecting a student-led initiative promoting faith and unity sends a troubling message about what values are deemed acceptable.

The case echoes the broader cultural battle epitomized by Bremerton High School’s Coach Joe Kennedy, who was dismissed for his post-game prayers. The Supreme Court’s ruling in his favor underscored that expressions of faith in public schools are protected under the First Amendment. Yet, here we are, witnessing a school district blatantly disregarding these protections, denying elementary school students the right to express their religious beliefs freely.

It’s evident that there’s a selective application of inclusivity and tolerance within our education system, where certain groups are celebrated, and others are marginalized. The First Amendment doesn’t come with an asterisk, selectively applied based on the prevailing winds of cultural and political bias. It’s time to call out this hypocrisy and demand a return to principles that honor all expressions of faith and belief.

Laura’s story echoes a national conversation about the values we uphold in our schools and society. As we navigate these turbulent cultural waters, let’s not lose sight of the fundamental freedoms that bind us. Let’s champion the cause of young voices like Laura’s, who remind us of the power of faith, unity, and the unyielding spirit of the American Constitution.

Robert B. Chernin

Robert B. Chernin

Robert is a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser, and former radio talk show host. He studied political science at McGill University in Montreal and has spent over 25 years deeply involved in civic affairs at all levels. Robert has consulted on a variety of federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition.