School administrators in Middleton, Wisconsin have intensified their threats and intimidation of a group of mothers who host a weekly “Jesus Lunch” for students at a park adjacent to Middleton High School.
New video shows school officials physically confronting one of the moms in the park — as one woman’s stunned husband observes from a distance. The moms were undeterred and told school officials they were going to serve lunch regardless of their objections.
“These ongoing attempts to suppress free speech by school officials are disgraceful,” said Phillip Stamman, an attorney representing the moms. “These mothers devote hours each week to serving the students with free meals and a brief message about Jesus. They should not be bullied or harassed — but praised.”
Stamman said his clients have been repeatedly threatened by school officials – but they refuse to comply with their demands to cease the non-denominational religious gathering.
“These women will not be intimidated,” he told me. “They are wholeheartedly committed to serving the students a free meal while sharing a Christian message.”
I first wrote about the “Jesus Lunch” controversy earlier this week. So allow me to give you a brief primer on the hullabaloo.
Students at Middleton High School are permitted to eat lunch off campus. So [sic] go to McDonalds. Others go to Taco Bell. And some students eat at Fireman’s Park, a public park adjacent to the school campus.
In 2014, a group of moms started what would become known as the “Jesus Lunch.” They would prepared [sic] home-cooked meals for their children and conclude the lunch with an inspirational Christian message.
Over the years, the “Jesus Lunch” grew into a massive weekly event — with nearly 500 kids voluntarily attending…
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