October 22, 2011

Church Christmas party fliers OK'd

The Associated Press

SCRANTON, Pa. - A federal judge has granted a conservative Christian group's request to bar a northeastern Pennsylvania school district from banning a fifth-grader from handing out fliers for a church Christmas party.

The Alliance Defense Fund sued the Pocono Mountain School District in March, claiming the student's free speech rights were violated.

The suit claims the district permits students to hand out fliers for Halloween parties, Valentine's dances and other events. But it says the girl was stopped from handing out Christmas party invitations last year at her school, Barrett Elementary Center .

U.S. District Judge Richard Caputo on Thursday issued a preliminary injunction in the student's favor. Caputo ruled that the school regulations were too vague.

A call to the school district for comment was not immediately returned.


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