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Religious Student Group Wins Discrimination Suit

Court rules school district discriminated between groups with similar goals.

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Key point: A public school cannot prohibit a religious group concerned about the moral development of youth from using school facilities after school hours when secular organizations having the same concerns are granted access.

• A federal appeals court ruled that a public school could not prevent a religious student group from meeting on school premises after hours when the Boy Scouts were permitted to meet. The court concluded that by allowing the Boy Scouts to meet, the school had created a "limited open forum," and that it could not lawfully prevent other groups from using the facilities that shared a similar purpose. The court noted that the Boy Scouts' own publications described its purposes to include the moral development of youth. This was the same purpose of the religious group, except that it addressed the moral development of youth from a religious perspective. The ...

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  • November 1, 1995

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