Students United in Faith, a student-run Christian group, has been fighting long and hard for their club to be officially recognized by Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, New York. Last week, all of that hard work finally paid off.
With the help of The Liberty Institute and the Law Offices of Guercio and Guercio, the students were able to convince the Three Village Central School District’s Board of Education that they were the victims of religious discrimination. The school overturned their decision, and now Students United in Faith will be allowed to hold their activities on campus.
Superintendent Cheryl Pedisich attempted to back peddle, denying involvement with any discrimination. She commented:
“The religious club called Students United in Faith was denied because contractual guidelines regarding minimum participation (20 students) in student co–curricular programs was not met, nor did Ward Melville High School have the financial means to fund this program. The district does not have a practice of discrimination of any kind. We embrace our diverse school community and strive to maintain an environment that promotes tolerance, understanding and respect for all.”
To add to the sweet taste of victory, the club’s founders, students John Raney and Jeremy Johnson, have revealed that all the media attention has led to a major increase in students interested in Students United in Faith. If Pedisich’s claims are true, the club certainly will not have any trouble meeting the requirement for the minimum amount of participants now.
In the war on Christianity, a small battle has been won. Tell us what you think of this report in the comments section.
H/T: The Blaze