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Pro-life Students Sue After High School Denies Club Approval

Relativism is still on the march in our post-Christian world where ‘truth’ is in the eye of the beholder.

And the definition of truth is, basically, whatever a person wants it to be, so long as it doesn’t offend someone else.

And that’s essentially the logic that prompted administrators at Parkland High School in Pennsylvania to deny students the right to start a pro-life club unless they agreed to modify their group’s constitution to meet certain conditions.

What sort of conditions, you ask?

The sort that would prohibit any activity which might promote or involve acting in any way favoring a pro-life disposition.

In short: sure, you can be a pro-life club so long as you’re not pro-lifey about it.

So if any shred of the First Amendment is left, this school will get slammed by the courts.

Stay tuned…

Here’s more from Daily Signal…

A religious nonprofit organization is suing Parkland School District in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, after Parkland High School deemed a pro-life student club too controversial and subsequently refused to approve its charter.

The national public interest law firm Thomas More Society filed a lawsuit against the school district, high school, and three administrators Tuesday after Elizabeth Castro and Grace Schairer submitted their proposal to the school in March and were rejected. The suit alleges that the school violated the federal Equal Access Act and First Amendment by failing to approve the club’s constitution, according to Lehigh Valley Live.

The students said their goal was “to educate their fellow students on the issue of abortion and to offer hope and resources to help in the cases of crisis pregnancies.” The Thomas More Society sent a letter to the school on May 17 demanding that the “Trojans for Life” club be approved and said they would seek monetary damages and attorney fees if the request was not honored, according to U.S. News.

The school called the Thomas More Society the next day, and said it would offer approval only if the students rewrote their mission statement, didn’t fundraise for religious entities, abandoned off-site pursuits, restricted their endeavors and communications to club members instead of school peers, and sought approval from the school for activities like “volunteering at pregnancy resource centers.”

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