Monday, April 18, 2016

Suit Challenges School's Refusal To Publicize Scholarship Essay Contests By FFRF and Freethinkers Group

Last week the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the Antelope Valley Freethinkers filed suit in California federal district court against a Los Angeles county school district after the district refused to publicize scholarship essay contests sponsored by the plaintiff groups.  The complaint (full text) in Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. v. Antelope Valley Union High School District, (CD CA, filed 4/12/2016), contends that while the school publishes scholarship opportunities for students, including those offered by religiously-affiliated groups, it refused to publicize those of plaintiffs because the essay contest themes promote anti-religious expression and contain anti-religious undertones. The complaint alleges that plaintiffs' treatment amounts to viewpoint discrimination in violation of their free speech rights and violates the equal protection clause.  FFRF issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.