Adviser Fired When Kids Attend Church

Excerpt: A law firm is taking up the case of a youth services agency worker in Tampa, Fla., who was dismissed from his job after some of the juvenile offenders with whom he worked also went to his church. Mathew Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University school of law, said such a policy banning such attendance must not be allowed to stand.

"This policy requires youth workers to either leave church or ban juvenile offenders and their family members from attending any church-sponsored event, no matter the size or location of the activity. Must a pastor or church member who is also a youth worker exit the back door when a juvenile offender enters the front door? Under this policy, the answer is yes. This policy is too broad to withstand a legal challenge," he said.

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