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 For Immediate Release
Aug 20, 1999 Contact: Press Office


Judicial Watch to Intervene in "Star of David" Religious Liberty Case in Mississippi

Brainless Government Schools Prohibit a Boy From Wearing A Gift From His Grandmother

(Washington, August 20) Judicial Watch, Inc., the Washington, D.C.-based public interest law firm that fights government corruption, today announced that it will seek to participate in a lawsuit to be filed against the Harrison County School District in Mississippi. Monday, the school board unanimously prohibited Ryan Green, a 15 year old Jewish student, from wearing a Star of David pin given him by his grandmother. The school board feared that the Star of David was a gang symbol.

"This is a case of the government's hostility to religious expression, and the school board's decision must not stand," stated Judicial Watch General Counsel Larry Klayman. "Our public schools are going down the tubes, they are graduating illiterates, and they spend their time and energy picking on an innocent boy who wishes to express his faith. And then they wonder why more and more parents are pulling their children out of government-run schools. Clearly, we need more God in school, not less," Klayman continued.

Judicial Watch joins the American Civil Liberties Union and the Christian Coalition in support of the case. With the court's permission, Judicial Watch, Inc. will seek to file an amicus curiae or similar legal brief on behalf of Ryan and his fundamental right to free exercise of religion and freedom of expression.

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