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President Trump discusses prayer in schools, Colorado Springs man attends

A Colorado Springs man shakes hands with President Donald Trump as the president discussed an...
A Colorado Springs man shakes hands with President Donald Trump as the president discussed an announcement on prayer in schools. Photo courtesy CBS pool feed Jan. 16, 2020. (KKTV)
Published: Jan. 16, 2020 at 6:10 PM MST
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A Colorado Springs man was there on Thursday as President Donald Trump proposed new rules when it comes to religious freedom in America's public schools.

The president says the new rules would make sure religious student organizations are given equal access to public school facilities. States would be required to notify the education department of violations.

Chase Windebank, a Pine Creek High School graduate, started a prayer meeting in 2014 during a free period at school. At first, it was small, but by his senior year it had grown to 90 students. That's when the school told him the meetings could only be held before or after school hours. With the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, he sued the school for violating his constitutional rights.

On Thursday, as Windebank attended the event at the White House, he stressed the importance of religious freedom.

"Today is just simply reaffirming that this administration is going to be supporting religious liberty across the United States and for me personally, my faith is the core part of who I am," Windebank said. "And students like myself in high school and in college now and even students for future generations can live out their faith and that's really important."

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