Liz Loverde never expected to stand up on behalf of students all around her community, state, and nation. However, as a sophomore in high school, Liz defended religious liberty when she challenged the officials of Wantagh Union Free School District in Long Island, New York.
As the school year began two years ago, Liz submitted an application requesting the school recognize the “Dare to Believe” after-school club she wanted to form using school facilities, as 30 other clubs at her school did. The stated purpose of “Dare to Believe” was:
- “To strengthen one another as believers in Christ.
- To study God’s Word, the Bible, and apply it in your life.
- To serve the school and community as the hands and feet of Jesus.”
To Liz, the stakes were high:
“Love is louder than depression, self-harm, pressure, bullying, school, home-life, addiction, etc. I want to tell them through ‘ Dare to Believe’ Christian Club that Jesus Christ is love. He saved me from depression, self-harm and suicide. He can save them. He can give them the victory over their difficulty”.
But the school refused to recognize the club simply because of its religious nature.
VICTORY FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM