Kentucky’s attorney general and a Christian school have sued the state’s governor — charging that a ban on in-person classroom teaching violates the First Amendment and religious freedom.
Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Danville Christian Academy claim in the lawsuit filed in federal court Friday that Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order to combat the coronavirus has gone too far.
“The governor’s school-closure order prohibits religious organizations from educating children consistent with and according to their faith,” Cameron said in a statement.
“The ability to provide and receive a private religious education is a core part of the freedoms protected by the First Amendment.
The executive order issued by Beshear on Wednesday halts in-person classes from K-12 starting Monday.
The governor says all middle and high schools should remain closed until January, but that some elementary schools may reopen if they’re not in a red zone.
The governor also ordered restaurants and bars to shut down until Dec.13.