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League Isn’t Required to Admit Christian Member

(CN) - A high school athletic league is not required to admit a Christian school as a member, the 5th Circuit ruled. Cornerstone Christian Schools in San Antonio, Texas, sued the University Interscholastic League for denial of admission.

The school, along with parents Scott and Sandra Farhart and their son, claim the league violated their First and 14th Amendment rights with its rules, which keep out most non-public schools.

Judge King of the Houston-based federal appeals court agreed with the district court that the league did "not violate the fundamental right of Cornerstone parents to control the education of their children."

King ruled that parents' rights to control their children's education are not absolute.

"The parents' right protects their prerogative to make choices regarding the type of education - e.g., public, private, or home-schooling - that their child receives, but not particular components of that education, such as participation in interscholastic athletics or enrollment in particular courses," the judge wrote."

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