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Liberty Institute Offers Ready Defense of Kansas School Board for Free Against Anti-faith Group's Demands

Attorneys Explain Why Historic Cross Atop Spearville Elementary School Is Constitutional

SPEARVILLE, Kan., March 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week, Liberty Institute attorneys offered to defend for free an historic elementary school building in Spearville, Kansas—a town of about 800 people—against threats of legal action from the anti-religion group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU), who recently demanded demolition of a small cross atop of the Spearville Elementary School building that has stood, without complaint, for almost 90 years.

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"Kansans need to know this atheist group is being deceptive in its suggestion that the Constitution requires Americans to whitewash over our country's religious heritage," said Liberty Institute Senior Counsel Jeremiah Dys.  "We encourage Spearville Superintendent Stegman and the Board of Education to courageously continue not to be intimidated by AU's bullying tactics and to know that they have a friend in Liberty Institute, willing to defend them for free."

Liberty Institute's letter, which can be read in its entirety here: http://www.libertyinstitute.org/document.doc?id=134, was sent to Superintendent Stegman and the entire Spearville Board of Education soon after the Spearville Board of Education refused to answer AU's repeated demands to remove a small cross from the top of Spearville Elementary School. The school, originally built as a Catholic school soon after the conclusion of World War I, was later donated to the town of Spearville in 1975. Generations of Kansans have been educated in Spearville Elementary School--without complaint until AU made its demands earlier this year.  Liberty Institute offers to provide pro bono legal assistance to the Spearville Board of Education should AU follow through on its threats of litigation.

Liberty Institute is a nonprofit legal group dedicated to restoring and defending religious liberty across America – in our schools, for our churches, in the military and throughout the public arena. Liberty Institute's vision is to reestablish liberty in accordance with the principles of our nation's founders. Visit www.LibertyInstitute.org for more information.

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