ACLJ Victorious in Religious Cases

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Two religious rights victories were gained recently for the American Center for Law and Justice.

Mann Middle School in Colorado Springs, Colo., will now allow student Cainan Gostnell to wear a cross visibly around his neck. The school previously thought that some people in the would be offended by the display.

After receiving a letter from the ACLJ, the school's attorney responded that Cainan could continue wearing the cross to school.  The ACLJ stated that they would continue to monitor the school's actions to make sure the student's rights remain protected.

Also, in Alabama at a public university, a college student's religious objections to a class assignment were upheld.

University student Michala was required to take a musical theatre class. She was to participate in a performance that included two songs, one which used God's name in vain and the other declared that the Bible didn't exist.

She asked her professor and the department chair for an accommodation to be made due to her religious beliefs, but was told to take part or else her school scholarship would be jeopardized.

Michala's mother Marlene was advised by the ACLJ legal team after researching Alabama law and spoke to the school's dean about the situation.  The university agreed to accomodate Michala's religious beliefs by waiving the requirement she take that particular course and allowing her to withdraw from the course without having to forfeit her scholarship.

The professor of the course complimented the young woman for taking a stand for her faith, calling her "a young woman of rare character," who has handled herself with "grace, respect and maturity."

The ACLJ said "the constitutional rights of students do not end at the school house door."

Both cases were settled without going to court.

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