A Florida school district is no longer under the “reign of terror” of the American Civil Liberties Union. After litigation brought by Liberty Counsel, the ACLU and the Santa Rosa County School District, located in Florida’s panhandle, have agreed to modify a prior Consent Decree.
As a result of the settlement, the organization won back dozens of constitutional freedoms for teachers, staff, students and members of the community. Liberty Counsel is “an international nonprofit litigation, education and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life and the family.”
Students will once again be allowed to voluntarily pray, submit religious answers in homework, and freely participate in private, after-school, religious programs. Teachers will now be able to pray at school during their break times, pray during school events in a nonofficial capacity, attend and fully participate in baccalaureate services, have a Bible on their desk, wear religious jewelry, assign readings from the Bible to students when relevant to nonreligious academic assignments and more. “God bless” is no longer forbidden.