A McKinley High student has filed suit against the state Department of Education seeking to remove the words "love for God" in the school's Code of Honor.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii filed the complaint yesterday in U.S. District Court on behalf of student James Ornellas, who is challenging the constitutionality of the Code of Honor as a school-sponsored endorsement of religion. The code reads, in part, "As a student of McKinley, I stand for ... Love For God and all Mankind."
By placing the code in classrooms, the school handbook and school song, McKinley High is promoting religion and or belief in and love for God -- specifically a Judeo-Christian God, the complaint said.
The code implies that anyone who does not worship God is dishonorable and students who are nonbelievers or belonging to minority faiths are less than honorable, said Brent White, legal director of the ACLU ...