Heather Clark – March 13, 2017
JOPLIN, Mo. — A federal judge appointed to the bench by then-President Barack Obama has ruled that local public schools who took students on field trips to a Christian sports complex in Missouri violated the U.S. Constitution.
M. Douglas Harpool opined on Thursday that the voluntary trips to Victory Ministries and Sports Complex were “an impermissible entanglement of government, government funding, and government authority with a particular religion and religious message in violation of the Establishment Clause.”
According to reports, various schools within the Joplin School District visited the facility in 2014 and 2015, including North Middle School, which conducted the trip after students were provided an opportunity to vote on three options for their outing. School officials state that the majority of youth chose the sports complex. Students in the district also visited the facility for abstinence-only sexual education.