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ICC Note: In what appears to be a pattern of discrimination, Ward Melville High School in New York State has blocked the formation of a Christian school club for the second year in a row. Last year the school removed it’s ban on the club only after a Christian legal group pointed out the ban was in clearly discriminatory towards a particular faith and threatened legal action. Now the school has once again banned the group from meeting and is citing a lack of funding and an insufficient number of participants in the club, though the school does continue to provide access to it’s facilities to 33 other clubs on campus. 

10/6/2014 United States (Charisma) – Educators at Ward Melville High School are either woefully ignorant of the U.S. Constitution or they really don’t like Christian teenagers.

For the second year in a row, the Long Island, New York high school has denied students the right to form a Christian club.

“I feel like they have something against me and my faith,” 17-year-old John Raney told me. “I feel marginalized.”

John is the founder of Students United in Faith, a service-oriented Christian club. Nearly 20 young people wanted to join the club—but the school said no.

“I wanted to start the club because I thought it would provide a safe space for Christians to meet and talk about their faith,” he said.

As John noted, there aren’t many places like that in Long Island—especially at Ward Melville High School.

So here’s the backstory:

Last year, the school pulled the same stunt. They banned John’s club because of its religious nature. Attorneys with Liberty Institute, a law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, stepped in and threatened to sue.

After a school district investigation, Superintendent Cheryl Pedisich reversed the ban and apologized to John.

She told television station WCBS the initial reason for rejection was “apparently inaccurately conveyed.”

And by “inaccurately conveyed” she means they got their hand caught in the religious liberty cookie jar.

Fast forward nine months later and the school once again is telling the Christian kids they aren’t welcome to co-mingle.

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