The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Sounds like we should feel secure in using our private cell phones, doesn’t it?
If only it were that simple.
Extracurricular student clubs have become a very popular vehicle for personal expression and ambition for middle and high school students across the country. Most recently, gay/lesbian clubs have found new acceptance and support from many public schools, including one particular Las Vegas high school. This school already had an anime club and a Bible club, among others. Last school year, however, when approached by a group of students who wished to form a pro-life club, the administration’s answer was a clear NO.
More than a decade ago, groups like the ACLU, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and various atheist organizations began attacking the use of Christian prayers to open legislative meetings—something that has been an important tradition in America since the 1600s. Many legislative bodies buckled under when attacked by these anti-Christian legal groups and established policies that allowed only generic prayers mentioning God, while banning prayers offered in Jesus’ name. Other legislative bodies across the nation, however, stood firm for their Christian faith and fought these battles in court, with varying degrees of success.
Recently, a Christian camp contacted the NCLL after a transgender teen registered to attend the camp. Their question: Can we, or even should we, deny this teenager the opportunity to come to camp? If we don’t let him come, will we be sued?
At the NCLL, we are receiving more and more of these types of questions, and we are helping ministries make themselves as lawsuit-proof as possible. Given the Supreme Court’s recent decision, however, anytime a Bible-believing ministry denies admission, membership, registration, etc. to a homosexual or person who identifies as transgender, the ministry risks a lawsuit, even if the ministry is fully within its rights to do so.