School Boots Christian Club, Keeps Gay-Straight Alliance Club

A high school finds itself the target of a federal lawsuit after it disbanded a student Christian club, but left others, including the gay-straight alliance.




A high school finds itself the target of a federal lawsuit after it disbanded a student Christian club for what it called budgetary reasons, but left dozens of other clubs active.

The Alliance Defense Fund filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Half Hollow Hills High School East on Long Island. ADF says the four year-old Christian club Ichthus was cancelled, while other clubs like a gay-straight alliance, Amnesty International, a fashion club, a future lawyers of America, and a Constitution club are all allowed to continue.

The school principal says cancelling Ichthus isn't discrimination and was based solely on financial concerns. He also said the funding for Ichthus was cut along with about 16 other clubs. He says a total of three clubs were cancelled.

What do you think? Do you feel the Ichthus club was unfairly targeted? Do you think it should be reinstated? Do you think schools should allow religious clubs?  Do you think they should allow gay-straight clubs?

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  • by Equation on Oct 4, 2010 at 04:44 PM
    Personally, I fail to see what the gay-straight alliance club has to do with this story. It seems irrelevant, except perhaps so that people can stir up ridiculous and unneeded controversy.
  • by Carolyn Location: lake mary, fl. on Apr 2, 2010 at 06:03 AM
    What do u expect when we have a president that doesn't go to church because it takes so much security etc!Yet he and wife go to new york for date night and a wk or so ago mich and kids went to n,y, to see a broad way play!!!! Give me a break!!!!!
  • by debra on Mar 22, 2010 at 11:09 AM
    I think the whole world has gone crazy.
  • by catalina Location: long island on Mar 12, 2010 at 09:57 PM
    I'm a alumni of that High School and a Catholic and I'm not offended at all. We are in a recession people, if no one goes to the club than get rid of it, put the money into a program people actually go to. They cut a crap load of programs last year too. It isn't discrimination at all.
  • by Jim Location: NC on Mar 8, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    The problem Kim is that what you claim this blog is doing, turning this into a Christian vs. gays thing, has already been done. The school district did it when it decided to get rid of the Christian club, but allow the gay club to continue.
  • by Kim on Mar 8, 2010 at 09:40 AM
    What were the other 2 clubs that were cut? I'd also like to know if the school gave the club an opportunity to finance its own operation before disbanding it. I think this blog is irresponsible to turn this into a Xtian vs. gays without naming the others that were cut. Good for page views, I'm sure, but not for Xtian/gay relations.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2010 at 05:39 PM
    Im an athiest and im fine in fact my life is absolutley amazing. Im not saying its wrong to believe in god, but what bothers me is that all you so called "christians" discriminate against us athiests, and are very rude and inhumane to us, we are human beings just like you we just dont believe in god, science has proven that evolution is true and their is evidence but what ever floats your boat, we dont discriminate you.
  • by Sal Location: NC on Mar 4, 2010 at 10:19 AM
    If I were a parent of a child who wanted to attend the club, I would hold it in my house. Don't let money get in the way of something like that. It's not right, fight for your rights. You don't need $$$$ for a club. You need people.
  • by Beth on Mar 4, 2010 at 05:06 AM
    All of these type actions are fulfilling Bible prophesy. The Bible tells us there will be people falling away from the truth. Earthquakes, famines, wars and rumors of wars are all signs that Christ's return is near. God has written that one day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord. Nothing can change this fact no matter what they believe.
  • by Ron Location: NC on Mar 3, 2010 at 06:53 PM
    The comments have spoken the truth...nothing more for me to add.
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