Tuesday, September 10, 2002
A return to sanity and an omen of things to come? The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which previously brought you that atheist hit "The Pledge of Allegiance is Unconstitutional," has ruled that a public school near Seattle violated a student's rights by refusing to give her Bible club the same rights and privileges granted other student groups.
The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court's dismissal of a complaint filed four years ago by Tausha Prince, then a sophomore at Spanaway Lake High School, about 35 miles south of Seattle.
Prince argued the Bethel School District violated her First Amendment rights of speech and religion, as well as a 1984 law forbidding public schools that take federal money from excluding religious or political extracurricular clubs if they allow others.
Following its previous, curious logic in deciding the Pledge of Allegiance case, it appears as though the court may be ready to reverse itself in that case too rather than deal with the almost immediate reversal sure to follow from the U.S. Supreme Court.