An 11-year-old girl who was told she was not allowed to wear a face mask that said, “Jesus Loves Me,” — though you can guarantee if it had a rainbow and said, “Love Wins” it would have been celebrated — reached a settlement in a now two-year lawsuit concerning the God-given right of religious freedom that is protected under the First Amendment, against a school district located in Mississippi, according to a report published by the Daily Signal.
TheBlaze report stated that back in 2020, Simpson County School District in Mississippi required all of its students to wear face masks to class. This, as you can probably already tell, was at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, which was a time that will go down in American history as a period in which the vast majority of citizens around the world collectively lost their dang minds and allowed tyranny, under disguise as helping and caring about our health, to force us to do a lot of things we should never have allowed them to do, forcing us to strap diapers to our faces being one.
The young girl, Lydia Booth, was only nine at the time of the incident, frequently sported a mask that read, “Jesus Loves Me” on it without having any problems. The in the fall of 2020, a teacher told Lydia that she was no longer allowed to wear the mask to school. This is once again an attack on religious liberty, but it’s also a war against Christianity. We all know if the young lady wore a mask featuring a verse from the Quran, not a single soul would have said anything. But the left is under the impression that they can bully Christians and we just have to take it. You know, “turn the other cheek” and all that.
“Booth explained that she received a call from the principal informing her that Lydia would have to wear a different mask, claiming that it was against policy ‘to have religious symbols or gestures on her mask,'” the report said.
“According to Booth, no such rule existed in the school’s handbook. After contacting district officials, she was sent a copy of the COVID-19 policy prohibiting religious symbols and words on masks. However, Booth discovered that the district’s policy had been updated to include the language less than an hour before it was emailed to her,” TheBlaze continued.
The updated policy from the school district said that students were not allowed to wear masks that contain, “political, religious, sexual or inappropriate symbols, gestures or statements that may be offensive, disruptive or deemed distractive to the school environment.”
“In November 2020, Booth partnered with the legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom to file a lawsuit against the district on behalf of her daughter,” the report added.
Booth went on to say, “This year is the mask; next year is the T-shirt. Eventually, you can’t say Jesus’ name in school.”
“Public schools have no business discriminating against a 9-year-old for her religious expression,” Alliance Defending Freedom legal counsel Michael Ross remarked. “Other students within the school district have freely worn masks with the logos of local sports teams or even the words ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Lydia deserves and will now have an equal opportunity to peacefully express her beliefs.”
Last Wednesday, the ADF announced that Simpson County School District agreed to rescind the restrictions on both “political” and “religious” content featured on masks. As part of the settlement, the ADF, along with Booth, ended the lawsuit.
“No student should be singled out for peacefully expressing her religious beliefs,” ADF senior counsel Tyson Langhofer commented. “Today’s students will be tomorrow’s legislators, judges, educators, and voters. That’s why it’s so important that public schools demonstrate the First Amendment values they are supposed to be teaching to students.”
Why would a school district want to silence a little girl’s witness for Christ?
Read Lydia Booth’s story in the latest edition of Faith & Justice magazine here: https://t.co/G9XVLDSjMe pic.twitter.com/OLGAJ9Leh9
— Alliance Defending Freedom (@ADFLegal) March 6, 2021
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