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AHeneen
04-10-2009, 05:17 PM
2 Students Sue California College District for Threatening to Suspend Them for Praying
Fox News (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,514175,00.html)

Two California students can sue their community college district after their school threatened to suspend them for praying on campus, a federal judge ruled.

Kandy Kyriacou and Ojoma Omaga said the College of Alameda accused them of "disruptive behavior" after they had prayed with an ailing teacher in a faculty office in December of 2007, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The students said the school issued suspension notices to them.

Although public colleges are prohibited from endorsing religion, U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ruled that the women can proceed with a lawsuit against Peralta Community College District.

Illston said college students have the right to pray in private outside the classroom, according to the Chronicle.

The lawsuit seeks an acknowledgment of that right and an apology, and wants all disciplinary action be rescinded, said one of the pair's lawyers, Steven Wood.

The women want no damages apart from attorneys' fees, the paper reported.

The district's attorneys argued that faculty offices were "places for teaching and learning and working" not "protests, demonstrations, prayer" or other disruptive activities.

More from the SF Chronical (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/10/BA3416VVJI.DTL)

tacitus
04-10-2009, 05:44 PM
The district's attorneys argued that faculty offices were "places for teaching and learning and working" not "protests, demonstrations, prayer" or other disruptive activities.

When did praying become 'disruptive behavior'?

I hope they sue the socks off the college and win.

Elspeth
04-10-2009, 06:35 PM
When did praying become 'disruptive behavior'?

I hope they sue the socks off the college and win.

Maybe they're Pentacostals?

Sonnabend
04-10-2009, 07:06 PM
Basically, thus.


Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

They have every right.

GAME OVER.

Bubba Dawg
04-10-2009, 07:31 PM
:D
Maybe they're Pentacostals?

Okay. That was funny. :p:D

FlaGator
04-10-2009, 07:33 PM
When did praying become 'disruptive behavior'?

I hope they sue the socks off the college and win.

When liberal elitists took over college and prayer started to remind them that no matter how smart they believe they are, it doesn't impress God.

Bubba Dawg
04-10-2009, 07:41 PM
I agree that students should have a right to pray on campus. Prayer is speech. Free speech should not be prohibited. There may be circumstances where prayer or speech could be disruptive, but prayer is not in itself a disruptive behavior.

At my school, UNF, this is going on and has sparked a lively debate...


Preachers force group to ponder free speech limits
Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 14:21 32-24, Carousel, News 131 views 3 comments

Posted by: James Cannon II | Assistant News Editor “Fornicator.”

“Masturbator.”

“Whore.”

Any, or all, of these anger-filled words can be heard by UNF students walking on campus when a preacher is on the Green.

But administrators are looking to change that.

In response to increased complaints from faculty and students, a committee has been formed to weigh the rights of the students against the rights of the preachers under the First Amendment.

“We had a forum with students last semester, and the largest concern centered around the preachers on the Green,” said Mauricio Gonzalez, vice president of Student and International Affairs. “And now, we are starting to hear complaints from faculty members due to the volume.”

more at link...

http://www.unfspinnaker.com/carousel/2009/02/18/preachers-force-group-to-ponder-free-speech-limits/