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Rev. Stephen D. Fournier

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Community Bible Church

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Community Bible Church

Background Information

Employment History

Pastor

Milford Center Community Bible Church

Electronics Technician

U.S. Air Force

Education

Montville High School

Sunday School

University of Connecticut

Bible diploma

Bethany Bible College

degree

Biblical Studies

Bethany Bible College

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Holistic Hardware on InJesus.com

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A case involving a faith-based youth program that was refused after-hours use of a Milford , NY , public school building has been accepted for spring argument by the U.S. Supreme Court. ?Within a day of filling out a building request form to use the school for one hour a week , we were told we were a religious organization and therefore not allowed to use the building , ? says Rev. Stephen Fournier , recalling when the dispute began four years ago.

Out of that dispute came The Good News Club v. Milford Central School.
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Fournier , who is pastor of the Milford Center Community Bible Church in central New York , is also the local leader of the Good News Club , one of over 4 , 000 such clubs across the country affiliated with the Warrenton , Mo. ? based Child Evangelism Fellowship.The fellowship is a worldwide missionary organization that promotes Bible based educational programs for youngsters ages five to twelve. ?We?re trying to teach morals and offer spiritual guidance in the same manner as the Boy Scouts , the Girl Scouts and the 4-H Club ,.Fournier says. ?If they?re not denied access to public school buildings , neither should we..
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After Fournier filed his lawsuit claiming violation of his club?s First Amendment right to free speech , a preliminary injunction was granted by the federal district court in Binghamton that allowed the Good News Club to operate unhampered at Milford Central School for nearly a year while both sides researched their positions.While school officials could not monitor or in any way hinder club activities , hymn singing could be heard emanating from the classroom. ?We let him do his thing , ? says Miller.During a deposition for the case , Miller asked Fournier to lay out in detail what transpired during the 60-minute sessions. ?It was Sunday School on Tuesday ,.
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Attendance is purely voluntary and parental permission slips must be signed , ? says Fournier.But ?in reality , it is a very heavy concentration of religious instruction ,.
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* Contact : Rev. Stephen Fournier 607-286-7721 ; Frank Miller , Esq. 315-437-7600


WORLD June 23, 2001: The Buzz

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Milford school officials said they likely will ban all groups or set the earliest meeting time to 5 p.m. If they do , Steven Fournier , pastor of Community Bible Church , which sponsors the club , will continue to have the club meet at the church.Most of the kids are available right after school is out , and he wants to reach as many as he can.

NEW FINANCIAL WATCHDOG ORGANIZATION HELPS DONORS UNDERSTAND WHERE THEIR DOLLARS ARE GOING.Quantifying qualityDonors to evangelical causes received a gift of their own last week when a website called MinistryWatch.com went online.The free service-which not all the ministries whose financial details are highlighted will appreciate-is designed to help donors sort out which organizations are using their resources well , and which ones may be deficient.Included in MinistryWatch's first round of reporting was this summary of what it says are the 20 biggest ministries in the United States , with a total of $2.6 billion in contributions in the last reporting period and holding some $2.2 billion in net assets.
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Despite Supreme Court ruling, Christian youth group still might not meet at public school

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That rules out the club meeting at the school , said Fournier , pastor at Milford Community Bible Church.The best opportunity for us to reach the kids was right after school..

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In 1996 , Fournier and his wife , Darleen , requested access to Milford's K-12 school so young children could learn Scripture , play games and listen to Bible stories.When they were denied , they sued , arguing the district allowed other groups like the Boy Scouts and 4-H use the facilities.
The district countered that permitting Good News Club meetings would amount to a school endorsement of Christianity - that very young children attending its 3 p.m. gatherings might believe the school endorsed the club's religious outlook.
It has nothing to do with school , Darleen Fournier said Monday.It's just using a school building after hours , We don't want the government mandating prayer over the public address system or something like that..
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Rev. Stephen Fournier sits in the Milford Community Bible Church on Monday in Milford , N.Y. Jim McKnight/Associated Press.
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We always said this was a free speech issue , Fournier said.This ruling is going to affect clubs all across the country.Any time you're fighting for a freedom , everybody benefits..
The case from this village in upstate New York became a closely watched church-state battle.Groups ranging from the National Council of Churches to the American Civil Liberties Union filed friend-of-the-court briefs.
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That rules out the club meeting at the school , said Fournier , pastor at Milford Community Bible Church.The best opportunity for us to reach the kids was right after school..
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In 1996 , Fournier and his wife , Darleen , requested access to Milford's K-12 school so young children could learn Scripture , play games and listen to Bible stories.When they were denied , they sued , arguing the district allowed other groups like the Boy Scouts and 4-H use the facilities.
The district countered that permitting Good News Club meetings would amount to a school endorsement of Christianity - that very young children attending its 3 p.m. gatherings might believe the school endorsed the club's religious outlook.
It has nothing to do with school , Darleen Fournier said Monday.It's just using a school building after hours , We don't want the government mandating prayer over the public address system or something like that..
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Rev. Stephen Fournier sits in the Milford Community Bible Church on Monday in Milford , N.Y. Jim McKnight/Associated Press.
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We always said this was a free speech issue , Fournier said.This ruling is going to affect clubs all across the country.Any time you're fighting for a freedom , everybody benefits..
The case from this village in upstate New York became a closely watched church-state battle.Groups ranging from the National Council of Churches to the American Civil Liberties Union filed friend-of-the-court briefs.
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That rules out the club meeting at the school , said Fournier , pastor at Milford Community Bible Church.The best opportunity for us to reach the kids was right after school..
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In 1996 , Fournier and his wife , Darleen , requested access to Milford's K-12 school so young children could learn Scripture , play games and listen to Bible stories.When they were denied , they sued , arguing the district allowed other groups like the Boy Scouts and 4-H use the facilities.
The district countered that permitting Good News Club meetings would amount to a school endorsement of Christianity - that very young children attending its 3 p.m. gatherings might believe the school endorsed the club's religious outlook.
It has nothing to do with school , Darleen Fournier said Monday.It's just using a school building after hours , We don't want the government mandating prayer over the public address system or something like that..
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Rev. Stephen Fournier sits in the Milford Community Bible Church on Monday in Milford , N.Y. Jim McKnight/Associated Press.
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We always said this was a free speech issue , Fournier said.This ruling is going to affect clubs all across the country.Any time you're fighting for a freedom , everybody benefits..
The case from this village in upstate New York became a closely watched church-state battle.Groups ranging from the National Council of Churches to the American Civil Liberties Union filed friend-of-the-court briefs.
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That rules out the club meeting at the school , said Fournier , pastor at Milford Community Bible Church.The best opportunity for us to reach the kids was right after school..
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In 1996 , Fournier and his wife , Darleen , requested access to Milford's K-12 school so young children could learn Scripture , play games and listen to Bible stories.When they were denied , they sued , arguing the district allowed other groups like the Boy Scouts and 4-H use the facilities.
The district countered that permitting Good News Club meetings would amount to a school endorsement of Christianity - that very young children attending its 3 p.m. gatherings might believe the school endorsed the club's religious outlook.
It has nothing to do with school , Darleen Fournier said Monday.It's just using a school building after hours , We don't want the government mandating prayer over the public address system or something like that..
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Rev. Stephen Fournier sits in the Milford Community Bible Church on Monday in Milford , N.Y. Jim McKnight/Associated Press.
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We always said this was a free speech issue , Fournier said.This ruling is going to affect clubs all across the country.Any time you're fighting for a freedom , everybody benefits..
The case from this village in upstate New York became a closely watched church-state battle.Groups ranging from the National Council of Churches to the American Civil Liberties Union filed friend-of-the-court briefs.
...
That rules out the club meeting at the school , said Fournier , pastor at Milford Community Bible Church.The best opportunity for us to reach the kids was right after school..
...
In 1996 , Fournier and his wife , Darleen , requested access to Milford's K-12 school so young children could learn Scripture , play games and listen to Bible stories.When they were denied , they sued , arguing the district allowed other groups like the Boy Scouts and 4-H use the facilities.
The district countered that permitting Good News Club meetings would amount to a school endorsement of Christianity - that very young children attending its 3 p.m. gatherings might believe the school endorsed the club's religious outlook.
It has nothing to do with school , Darleen Fournier said Monday.It's just using a school building after hours , We don't want the government mandating prayer over the public address system or something like that..
...
Rev. Stephen Fournier sits in the Milford Community Bible Church on Monday in Milford , N.Y. Jim McKnight/Associated Press.
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We always said this was a free speech issue , Fournier said.This ruling is going to affect clubs all across the country.Any time you're fighting for a freedom , everybody benefits..
The case from this village in upstate New York became a closely watched church-state battle.Groups ranging from the National Council of Churches to the American Civil Liberties Union filed friend-of-the-court briefs.


Charisma News Service Update for Tuesday, June 12, 2001

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Stephen D. Fournier , pastor of Community Bible Church in Milford , sued the local school district in 1996 after the school board rejected his application to use the school premises for a Good News Club meeting.The board said that if the Christian group was allowed to meet it might seem like an official endorsement of religion.

Fournier , who argued that the school board's ruling was discriminatory because other groups like the Boy Scouts and 4-H were allowed to use the school , welcomed yesterday's ruling , the Times said.What people don't realize is that our victory is a victory for everybody , because a freedom has been upheld , he said.
Yesterday's ruling was applauded by the American Center for Law and Justice , which filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.
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A later start would rule out meeting at the school , Fournier said.The best opportunity for us to reach the kids was right after school..


CNN.com - Good news at the Supreme Court, or maybe not

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Rev. Stephen Fournier : It's all about guaranteeing people the freedom of speech , and the school...is infringing upon my right of free speech..

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The Good News Club is sponsored by the Milford Community Bible Church where Stephen Fournier is the pastor.Both say it's a friendly disagreement.Each thinks the First Amendment is on his side.
Superintendent Livshin : The limited use forum precludes the use of facilities for religious purposes and specifically religious instruction.And that's what we found was going on..
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Rev. Fournier : It's about guaranteeing people the freedom of speech.And the school , as far as I'm concerned , is infringing upon my right of free speech..
Justice Stephen Breyer expressed some sympathy for the club's argument when he told the school's attorney : It sounds to me like you're discriminating , in free speech terms , against religion..
The case came before the justices because lower courts disagree on what the establishment clause permits.There are more than 2000 Good News Clubs across the U.S. affiliated with the Child Evangelism Fellowship.While the Second Circuit appeals court in New York denied Milford's club access to the school , an Eighth Circuit appeals court in Missouri said granting access would not violate the separation of church and state.
Good News Clubs are open to children aged six to 12.The young age of the participants worried several justices who were mindful of a 1981 ruling -- Widmar v. Vincent--that required equal access to university facilities for religious groups.

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