The ACLU says a small northeast Nebraska school district appears to be ignoring their warnings against inviting religious speakers. The ACLU is upset that Lyons-Decatur is moving forward with plans for an anti-drug and alcohol speech from Keith Becker this Wednesday despite the civil rights group’s concerns. Superintendent Fred Hanson tells us that he understands that both religious and non-religious groups have First Amendment rights that he must protect.
“Therefore, I cannot discriminate on the basis of someone’s religious beliefs, therefore the the Todd Becker foundation has the right to provide an important message that students should not drink and drive.”
The ACLU is warning about possible legal action. Superintendent Hanson says that he has been reassured that the message will not include a religious reference. He also says that parents can have their children opt out of the assembly.