Wednesday, April 27, 2011

School Tries To Block Pastor From Speaking To Students At Career Day

One News Now
Thanks to the help of one legal group, a pastor in Louisiana was recently allowed to participate in a Career Day at his grandchild's elementary school.

Though he was originally banned from participating because he is a pastor, Gary Hanberry was able to speak at Larose Lower Elementary School about the volunteer work he does at an orphanage in Kenya. The school initially decided that Hanberrry could only make his presentation if believers from every religion were invited to speak at Career Day. But after being contacted by Liberty Counsel, the school reversed course.

"I'm very pleased with how the school responded; they responded quickly," reports Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver. "I think this is a problem that we see happening around the country, where people of faith -- someone who is a pastor or a Christian -- [are] disabled or disenfranchised by a public official simply because of their Christian belief."

So the attorney says it is important that his group and others challenge schools that censor Christians.

"Even though it may be motivated by wrong information -- a wrong understanding of the Constitution, as the school officials did in this case -- if we don't challenge it, that action becomes a policy, and the policy becomes the law," the Liberty Counsel founder warns.

But Staver is astounded that the school attempted to screen out a Career Day message on helping orphans solely because the speaker was a Christian pastor.

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