Girl Expelled for Refusing RFID Badge Loses Appeal

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A federal judge has ruled a Texas school district can expel one of its students after she objected to wearing an identity card with a tracking device.

About 4,200 students at John Jay High School and Jones Middle School in San Antonio are being forced to wear "Smart ID" badges with a Radio Frequency Identification Chip.

As CBN News reported in November, 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez refused to wear the tracking device. She said wearing it would violate her religious beliefs because she believes the badge is the mark of the beast referred to in Revelation.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia rejected her religious argument, saying he thinks her reasons are secular.

He ruled while the case is still moving through the courts, Hernandez can be removed from her magnet school and transferred to another school.

Hernandez is being represented by The Rutherford Institute. They're planning to appeal the ruling.

"The Supreme Court has made clear that government officials may not scrutinize or question the validity of an individual's religious beliefs," Rutherford President John Whitehead said in a press release.

"By declaring Andrea Hernandez's objections to be a secular choice and not grounded in her religious beliefs, the district court is placing itself as an arbiter of what is and is not religious. This is simply not permissible under our constitutional scheme," he said.

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