Home-schooled Girl's Case Heads to NH High Court

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The case of a 10-year-old Christian girl forced to attend public school because she was too "vigorous" in expressing her faith will be heard by New Hampshire's Supreme Court.

A lower court ruled that the girl-- known only as Amanda in court documents-- could no longer be home-schooled by her mother.

The girl's parents are divorced and her father cited concerns about her strong religious beliefs -- saying public school would expose her to other points of view.

The Alliance Defense Fund, a Christian legal group, is defending the mother.  They say it's unconstitutional for the court to force public school on the girl.

"Courts can settle disputes, but they cannot legitimately order a child into a government-run school on the basis that her religious views need to be mixed with other views," ADF-allied attorney John Anthony Simmons said. "That's precisely what the lower court admitted it is doing in this case."

The lower court also said the girl's mother has "more than kept up" with the public schools in teaching her daughter.

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