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FIVE FREEDOMS PROJECT FIGHTING FOR HOOSIER EDUCATOR
 
 
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 19, 2019
Contact Curt Smith
Indiana Family Institute
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FIVE FREEDOMS PROJECT FIGHTING FOR HOOSIER EDUCATOR

 

            Through its new Five Freedoms Project, the Indiana Family Institute announced the filing of a federal lawsuit to protect the religious liberty and free speech rights of a Brownsburg teacher in US District Court in Indianapolis today.

 

            John Kluge, an orchestra and music teacher at Brownsburg High School until May of 2018, was wrongfully terminated, the lawsuit alleges, because of his traditional Christian/Biblical view of human sexuality.  Those views prompted Mr. Kluge to address all students by their surnames, not by a pronoun (he or she; him or her) at odds with the student’s sex at birth.

 

            “As a faith-based policy advocacy organization, we take vigilance for religious freedoms as seriously as any element of our mission to improve Hoosier families,” said Curt Smith, IFI President.  “We were pleased to assist Mr. Kluge immediately to obtain legal counsel and understand his rights and the remedies available to correct this injustice,” Smith added.

 

            “The heart of the matter is government cannot coerce speech, even from its employees,” Smith said.

 

            The suit was announced on the steps of the Indiana War Memorial, a structure that not only honors and reveres the memories and sacrifices of all who have fought to create and preserve such freedoms, but which is itself hallowed ground in Indiana’s legal battles to preserve First Amendment rights.  Participants included Mr. Kluge, his two lead attorneys, Michael Cork and Roscoe Stovall, as well as Smith.

 

            The suit clearly spells out the facts of the matter and how the applicable state and federal laws were ignored.  In a key summary section, it alleges:

 

            “Thus, this action concerns the denial of Kluge’s fundamental and clearly established rights under the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment, the unconstitutional conditions doctrine, the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, and Article 1, §§ 2 and 3, of the Indiana Constitution.”

 

            [This release will be updated with additional quotes following the 2 p.m. press conference.]

 

            The complaint is Kluge v Brownsburg Community School Corporation.  

 

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