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Smithsonian museum apologizes for throwing out Catholic students wearing pro-life messages

A Smithsonian museum has offered their apology for throwing out a group of Catholic students from their National Air and Space Museum as they were wearing caps embroidered with a pro-life message. The apology is offered after a federal lawsuit is filed against the museum by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) on behalf of the students. The 20-page complaint contained details that the students from South Carolina’s Our Lady of the Rosary School came to Washington, D.C. to take part in the March for Life event and later thought of visiting the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum when the incident took place.

Faithwire reports:

A Smithsonian museum has apologized to a group of Catholic students and their chaperones for reportedly asking the group to leave the National Air and Space Museum because they were wearing blue caps with a pro-life message embroidered on them.

The apology comes after the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed a federal lawsuit against the museum last week on behalf of nine students and three parents.

According to the 20-page complaint, the students from Our Lady of the Rosary School in Greenville, South Carolina, were in Washington, D.C. to participate in the March for Life on Jan. 20. After the annual march, the group of students decided to visit the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

“Once in the {federal} museum, they were accosted several times and told they would be forced to leave unless they removed their pro-life hats. The group all wore the same blue hat that simply said, ‘Rosary PRO-LIFE.’ Other individuals in the museum were wearing hats of all kinds without issue,” according to the ACLJ.

“The museum staff mocked the students, called them expletives, and made comments that the museum was a ‘neutral zone’ where they could not express such statements. The employee who ultimately forced the students to leave the museum was rubbing his hands together in glee as they exited the building. We here at the ACLJ are absolutely appalled at this blatant discrimination and won’t let this behavior stand,” ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow said in a statement posted by the nonprofit law firm.

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