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School district can’t pick and choose which religious speech it allows

The Alliance Defending Freedom will try to convince the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at a hearing tomorrow that a Texas school district can’t pick and choose which religious messages it will allow in commercial settings.

The case concerns an organization that tried to buy advertising on the school district’s Jumbotron during football games for a website called jesustattoo.org, which included a video “that shows struggling individuals going to Jesus for help,” according to an alliance press release.

Not only is the Lubbock Independent School District’s understanding of the Establishment Clause deficient, it’s not consistently applied:

The district explained to ADF attorneys that it denied [David] Miller’s request because the district, by its own policies and practices, “is prohibited from allowing religious advertisements with the use of government property based on the Establishment Clause.” Despite the explanation, the district routinely permits various other faith-based, non-school-related organizations to advertise, such asFull Armor MinistriesLubbock Christian University, Sunset Church of Christ’s Just Kids Preschool, and Bethany Baptist Church.

Read the release.

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Greg Piper served as associate editor of The College Fix from 2014 to 2021.