Group wins lawsuit against school board

August 03, 1999
A federal judge ruled Monday that the St. Tammany Parish School Board cannot enforce a policy that forbids groups from holding religious meetings at schools after classes end.
    U.S. District Judge Morey Sear's decision in a lawsuit filed by the state branch of the Christian Coalition means the school board must write a new policy either allowing or denying use of school buildings to all groups, said Stuart Roth, the lawyer representing the coalition.
    ''This sends a strong message that religious discrimination won't be tolerated,'' said Roth, who also is director of the Southeast regional office of the American Center for Law and Justice. ''When the government permits using facilities for wide range of community uses, it can't deny speakers using the facility because the speakers want to engage in freedom of speech.''