Nevada school district reverses course in religious flap

Published: Dec. 24, 2017 at 11:15 AM PST
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A rural Nevada school district has pulled the plug on a school community program that helped charitable organizations distribute promotional flyers after an evangelical Christian church threatened to file a lawsuit over prohibition of religious materials.

Lawyers for Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley sent a letter to the Lyon County School District last month demanding equal access to its community flyer distribution program.

They said the existing policy was an "unconstitutional censorship of religious viewpoints."

District officials maintained the policy is legal. But the district's board voted unanimously Wednesday to suspend distributing flyers immediately.

The board plans to discuss possible revisions to the policy at its regular monthly meeting in January.

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