The Rutherford Institute, a non-profit civil liberties organization, has come to the defense of a Fulton County mother barred from attending her son’s Milton High School football games unless she goes against her religious beliefs and obeys the school system’s face mask edict for attendees.

In a letter to Fulton County School Superintendent Mike Looney, Rutherford Institute lawyers argue that Tara Barnett’s request to attend her son’s football games without a face mask while social distancing from other spectators qualifies for a religious accommodation under Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive orders. Those orders require masks to be worn when social distancing is not possible. And spectators at Fulton County public school athletic events must social distance by sitting in designated areas six feet apart from others unless sitting with family members.  

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