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Colorado: Lawsuit claims illegal religious activities at Florence High School

Lawsuit claims illegal religious activities at Florence High School

Denver Post Updated: May 26, 2015 at 7:13 pm

A teacher in southern Colorado is suing his school district claiming the district's only high school "operates largely to promote the evangelical Christian ideals" of a local church that operates in the school.

Robert Basevitz's lawsuit against the Fremont Re-2 School District was filed Tuesday in federal court in Denver. School district officials did not respond to requests for comment.

Randy Pfaff, the pastor of The Cowboy Church at Crossroads, said he will not apologize for being in Florence High School.

"I don't believe the constitution was meant to keep God out of the schools. That's absolutely absurd," Pfaff told The Denver Post on Tuesday in a phone interview. "This nation was founded on Christianity."

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Posted: May 27, 2015 10:02 AM EDT Updated: May 27, 2015 10:02 AM EDT

FLORENCE - A high school in southern Colorado is facing a religious discrimination lawsuit from a teacher who says on-campus prayer and distribution of religious materials violates the constitution's First Amendment.

The Denver Post reports Cowboy Church at Crossroads rents out space from Florence High School for Sunday services, and offers morning prayer and Bible study and pizza during lunch in a school classroom.

Fremont Re-2 School District officials say they haven't been served the lawsuit yet, but Pastor Randy Pfaff said the constitution was never meant to keep religion out of schools.

Attorney Paul Maxon says Robert Basevitz's lawsuit seeks to end the school's involvement with the church, attorney's fees and any other compensation the court deems appropriate. ... Principal Brian Schipper and Superintendent Rhonda Vendetti are also named in the lawsuit.

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