Christian rock band’s lawsuit dismissed

Sunday, August 6, 2006

TOLEDO, Ohio — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against a suburban school district filed by a Christian rock band banned from playing at a school assembly.

U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary said on Aug. 1 that the school was within its rights to cancel the performance because the district could have been perceived as endorsing a particular religion.

Members of the band, Pawn, said in the lawsuit that they were discriminated against and that their free-speech rights were violated.

Rossford High School officials canceled the band's performance at an anti-drug assembly in December 2004. Board members said they feared a lawsuit over having a religious performance in a public school.

The Rev. Mark Montgomery, whose two sons are members of Pawn, said they would appeal the decision. The Rutherford Institute, a Charlottesville, Va., center that defends Christian rights and deals with church-state issues, represented the band.

The case is Golden v. Rossford Exempted Village School District.

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