Pastor Randy Pfaff sparks a lawsuit

Pastor Randy Pfaff sparks a lawsuit

Pastor Randy Pfaff, of the Cowboy Church in Colorado, above, was given a free pass to evangelise to pupils at at Florence High School.

But the claptrap merchant’s activities may soon be curtailed because a Jewish teacher has filed a lawsuit, claiming that school officials are allowing the promotion of evangelical Christianity in violation of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

According to this report, in the lawsuit filed this week Robert Basevitz alleges that the Fremont RE-2 School District, Superintendent Rhonda Vendetti and Florence High School Principal Brian Schipper had discriminated against him by conspiring to promote Christianity above all other beliefs.

Employment attorney Paul Maxon said:

The administration is essentially running a public school as a Christian school. On a single day last year, there were no fewer than five evangelical activities sponsored by the school.

When the principal is participating in assemblies that pass out Bibles to students, it sends a message to the faculty and to the students that there’s an official religion at the school.

The lawsuit alleges that Schipper had allowed Pfaff of the Cowboy Church at Crossroads to promote Christianity throughout the school.

Pfaff was permitted to use the school’s public address system to “preach his evangelical Christian messages”, the lawsuit alleges.

And Pfaff distributed fliers “with the support of the school’s staff, including Principal Schipper,” that advertised Christian events during school hours.

Pfaff runs the the Fellowship of Christian Huskies at Florence High School, which has a stated mission to “let God back in our schools” and “[bring] others to a saving knowledge of Jesus.”

As we don't know what a 'Christian' Husky looks like, we asked our art department to visualise one.

As we don’t know what a ‘Christian’ Husky looks like, we asked our art department to visualise one.

Schipper and five other staff members at Florence High School serve as adult sponsors for the group.

Basevitz alleged that lunchtime Bible studies at the school had been nicknamed “Jesus pizza” by the students.

After Basevitz complained to school administrators, he said that he was told to use the side doors because the prayer circle students regularly held in front of the school was so large that it blocked the main entrance.

The lawsuit noted:

In an apparent attempt to ostracize [Basevitz], Defendants informed staff and students of Mr. Basevitz’s complaint and his Jewish heritage. On January 9, 2015, [Basevitz] overheard a student saying, ‘we can’t do Jesus Pizza because Mr B. is Jewish’.

Maxon said:

The fact that there’s a humorous nickname doesn’t mean it’s not serious. It’s a serious matter when the Bill of Rights is violated. Some cases have gray areas about what’s illegal and not illegal. This case doesn’t have much of that.

Following Basevitz’s complaint to the school, the lawsuit states that:

Pastor Pfaff posted on the Fellowship of Christian Huskies Facebook page, ‘The enemy always fights the hardest when he knows God has something great in store’.’

Maxon said that instead of addressing the teacher’s concerns, Basevitz:

Was shown the door, and transferred to a different school.

For his part, Principal Schipper insisted that the Christian events taking place during school hours were not causing religious discrimination.

During the morning prayer they just stand there and kids come over, kids go by, they say, ‘Good morning’ to kids. It doesn’t get in the way of anybody getting into school. They make a point to stay out of the way of everybody, actually.

We’re preparing kids to be good, productive people when they walk out of here. We do great things every day.

7 responses to “Pastor Randy Pfaff sparks a lawsuit”

  1. Broga says:

    Don’t parents have any opinions or influence on what this evangelising fool in his cowboy outfit is doing? These Christians are so certain of their opinions and so confident in their right to interfere in the lives of others.

  2. jay says:

    So much for the “Judeo Christian” heritage the fundies brag about

  3. Laura Roberts says:

    About the only bad thing about Colorado is, unfortunately, really bad. This kind of religious intolerance infests the region. It ranges from major hate groups like the American Family Association to smaller, potentially violent Christian Identity groups scattered around small towns. They are hateful and stupid, but they are also cowards.

    Some years ago I joined a group of fellow atheists at a protest. The local sheriff at the time hosted blatantly illegal Christian Christmas gatherings at his office building. People brought food and crafts and horse-drawn wagons for hay rides. We wore buttons to identify ourselves. During the prayers and speeches, I got bored and took the opportunity to wander over to the wagons, where I introduced myself to one of the owners. When he saw my button, he looked as if he was about to soil his pants. I asked him about his horses (they were gorgeous), whether he showed them, and so forth. The whole time he was clearly nervous. I left with a “have a lovely holiday season”, he mumbled something about “you too”, and that was it. I guess the poor guy thought I was going to vaporize him with devil powers!

  4. dennis says:

    yes, reminds me of my days in high school, I would just walk by them and say “still with the jesus freaks, James or who ever was standing there and shake my head. they would tell me they were going to cut my duck tail off (old 50’s boy hairstyle.) then I would have to go inside and do the pledge of allegiance and set down for the prayer, while every one else prayed some stupid tripe. was strange thou that no teacher ever quizzed me why I sat down at the prayer.

    this indoctrination at such a young age is a detriment to all education not just science. it floods the curriculum with pseudo-science logic and leads to a perverse view of the world. world history in the 10th grade,
    Teacher: “we will discuss the Greek gods and Socrates and logic for the first hour and then move on to the middle ages luther and English history for the remainder of the year.” we did.

  5. Marky Mark says:

    I think the depiction of the christian husky presented here is accurate

  6. barriejohn says:

    “The Cowboy Church” – that’s a good one, but maybe only British readers would get the joke.

    In the past, American parents were either happy to see their children indoctrinated or afraid to protest. It’s good to see all that changing now, and don’t the Christians whine!

    Here’s another cowboy who shamelessly proselytized in days gone by:

    Of course, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans never possessed “big shiny cars, swimming pools, fur coats and diamonds in jars”, did they?