“The Dearborn situation is yet another example of the incredible amount of misinformationA parent complained to Dearborn Public Schools about fliers promoting an “Eggstravaganza” Easter egg hunt at Cherry Hill Presbyterian Church after they were distributed to students as part of a district program that allows a variety of community groups to distribute such literature.
that exists about what the First Amendment truly protects,”
added Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. “Churches have no less of a voice
than any other group that benefits the community. Under the First Amendment’s religion
clauses, faith-based speech is fully protected.”
The ADF letter explains that “the First Amendment does not permit public schools to exclude churches from literature distribution…. We commend the school district for respecting citizens’ freedom of speech and for properly teaching students to tolerate opposing views.”
The letter also points out that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, which has jurisdiction over the state of Michigan, has said that the “separation of church and state” is an “extra-constitutional construct [that] has grown tiresome. The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state.”