Magazine article Church & State

AU Challenges Special Room for Religious Group at Arkansas Public School

Magazine article Church & State

AU Challenges Special Room for Religious Group at Arkansas Public School

Article excerpt

Attorneys with Americans United have warned officials at an Arkansas public school that they have violated the Constitution by arranging construction of a special meeting room for an evangelical Christian student group.

School officials at Fountain Lake High School in Hot Springs refer to the room, built for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, as the "FCA room." The space was constructed as an addition to the school's football complex and contains a plaque that displays a cross and the words "Fellowship of Christian Athletes Meets Here!"

According to an article in the Hot Springs Village Voice, the addition was paid for with private funds, but school officials came up with the idea and were candid about the room's religious purpose.

Andi Kinsinger, an assistant coach of girls basketball and volleyball, told the newspaper, "Fellowship of Christian Athletes has impacted many people for over 50 years through the influence of athletes and coaches, and we want to share those experiences with the students at Fountain Lake. This new building will make a statement and hopefully change the lives of many for His Glory. FCA camp is where I came to know Christ; it provides a lot of opportunity for all."

Student Courtney Hollansworth said the new room will make it easier for FCA to undertake its evangelistic activities.

"Our goal in FCA is to reach out to all of the students in our school with compassion and the amazing truth of Jesus Christ," she said. "I am so grateful to all the people and companies that contributed time and resources to make this program successful. …

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