A Colorado school has relented and now allows prayer during school hours. But there's still a problem.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit against Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs because school officials told Chase Windebank he and his friends could not pray during free time as they had for years. Attorney Jeremy Tedesco says the school lifted the ban but then did something else problematic.
"The unfortunate thing is that instead of just allowing our client and his friends to continue to use the seminar time for prayer, they just canceled seminar altogether," the attorney reports. "And by doing that they eliminated the ability of all students to use that time to build community and to hang out in groups."
He finds it unfortunate that the school fought this situation from the beginning.
"The real simple solution to the whole thing was to respond to our demand letter by saying, 'Yeah, you guys can meet during that time so we can allow all the other students to meet in various rooms and in various spots of the school.' But they didn't do that," Tedesco laments.
Nonetheless, he sees it as a victory for Windebank and students of faith because the school had formerly banned prayer during the school day completely. Chase and his friends can now pray during lunch and other noninstructional times.