Ryan took a stand! So did we! And now...you can too!
April 4, 2013
Ryan Rotella a is student at Florida Atlantic University and when one of his professors told him and his classmates to write the name "Jesus" on a sheet of paper, put it on the floor and stomp on it Ryan said, "NO!"
He took a stand! And after first threatening to expel him, university officials backed down completely and apologized to Ryan.
What happened to Ryan Rotella is an all too common occurrence in today's classrooms.
And because it is, AFA is helping lead the fight to protect students from the kind of anti-Christian bigotry Ryan Rotella was forced to endure.
But we need you to now get personally involved in protecting our children from the intimidation of teachers who mistakenly violate the religious rights of students.
Specifically, I'm calling on you to personally take up the issue in your state.
Not a week goes by, it seems, without an incident of a Christian student being persecuted by a teacher or school administrator for daring to publicly express his Christian beliefs or practice his faith.
Most of these students are either too young or uncertain of their rights to stand up for themselves when bullied by teachers in the classroom.
Recognizing this, the people of Mississippi decided to take concrete actions to protect students' religious rights. Specifically, they banded together and supported their lawmakers as they passed the Student Religious Liberties Act of 2013.
This is a landmark piece of legislation because it empowers students to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed religious liberty while freeing school administrators - who are considered "government employees" - from having to police religion.
In a nutshell, the Student Religious Liberties Act:
- Protects the right of a student to express a religious viewpoint.
- Protects the right of a student to include religious content in coursework, art work, written or oral assignments.
- Protects the right of students to form religious clubs or engage in religious activities at school on the same basis permitted for other non-curricular student groups or activities.
- Guarantees that students may wear clothing or jewelry that displays religious messages or symbols to the same extent that other types of clothing or jewelry displaying messages are permitted.
- Requires the school to create a limited public forum for student speakers at all school events at which the school authorizes a student to speak publicly (such as graduation and football games).
That's what Governor Phil Bryant just signed into law in Mississippi! And that's the kind of law you can get your governor to sign, too!
Will you help get the Student Religious Rights Act passed in your state?
Simply send an email to your state representative. Your pre-written letter tells him or her about what Mississippi did to protect the religious liberties of its students. It also includes a link to the "Student Religious Rights Act Fact Sheet" to explain what it does.
Urge your representative to do the same thing for the children in your state!
||Email your state legislators now!