Tennessee School District Bans Distribution of Bibles Following Complaint

Reading Bible pdPIKEVILLE, Tenn. — A school district in Tennessee has banned the distribution of Bibles—and any type of religious materials—following a single complaint.

Bledsoe County Schools Superintendent Jennifer Terry told reporters that she believes the distribution violates the U.S. Constitution.

“Bledsoe County Schools do not allow the distribution of religious materials from any religious groups. The distribution of religious materials in a public school is in violation of constitutional provisions and well established federal and state laws and precedence,” she stated.

The decision means that the local chapter of Gideons International will no longer be able to make Bibles available to students. Charlie Queen, chaplain for Sequatchie Valley Camp of Gideons, said that he views the ban as a “loss of freedom.”

“We simply go in and we lay it on the table. We tell them what it is and who we are. If they want one, they freely take one,” he told WRCB-TV. “We do not hand it to them. They take it freely and voluntarily.”

The community has expressed concern as well.

“My whole congregation is very upset,” Bill Wolfe, pastor of Lee Station Baptist Church, told the outlet. “We’re sliding further and further away from the principles our nation was founded on and it’s very sad because we used to be ‘One Nation under God’. Now, I really believe we are slipping further away and we’re not going to be able to say that much longer.”

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Residents plan to speak against the decision at the next board meeting. There is currently a Bible history course being offered within the district, and students bring their Bibles to class.

As previously reported, in 1647, the Massachusetts Bay Colony passed “The Old Deluder Satan Act,” which required that children be taught to read so they could learn to read the Bible.

“In being one chief project of that old deluder, Satan, to keep men from the knowledge of the Scriptures, … and that learning may not be buried in the graves of our forefathers in Church and Commonwealth, the Lord assisting our endeavors, it is therefore ordered by this court and the authority thereof, that every township in this jurisdiction, after the Lord hath increased them to the number of fifty householders, shall then forthwith appoint one within their town to teach all such children as shall resort to him to write and read,” it read in part.

The first textbook used in the American colonies even before the nation’s founding, “The New England Primer,” was largely focused on the Scriptures, and was stated to be popular in public and private schools alike until approximately the early 1900’s. It used mostly the King James Bible as reference, and spoke much about sin, salvation and proper behavior.

“Save me, O God, from evil all this day long, and let me love and serve Thee forever, for the sake of Jesus Christ, Thy Son,” it read.

Many of the Founders’ children learned to read from the primer.


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  • James Godson

    The original 13 colonies were founded by different denominations as sovereign ‘nations’ joined together for the general welfare and common defense. It is our turn to start new Christian nations inside the USA and come out from among the unbelievers and be separate- read more at jcbooks dot org

    • Kandy

      Atheist would do everything in their power to STOP all Christians who would try that.

      • Chris

        I think you’d find everyone would. Remember the civil war?

    • Psygn

      Utah?

    • acontraryview

      let me know how that goes.

  • Cady555

    Public schools cannot give preference to one religion. It is wrong to allow one religion special access to other people’s kids to proselytize. It is illegal for a public school to do so.

    Only one complaint? School employees should follow the law without anyone telling them to.

    Do you think it would be right for a public school to hand out the Koran? The God Delusion? The Satanic Temple Coloring Book?

    It’s all or nothing. Either every religious viewpoint gets to use public schools to gather up a captive audience of kids so they can hand them religious literature or no one does.

    • John_33

      People aren’t being impartial when they pretend that all religions are the same or have the same effect. One religion that teaches its followers to eat people is not the same as a different religion that teaches its followers to value life, nor should they be treated as the same. That’s not education, nor is it equality, but this isn’t really the issue. Public schools are so dumbed down now that they can’t even provide a decent education for students compared to other venues. Homeschooling, for example, teaches religion and it consistently teaches reading, writing, math, and science better than public schools. That’s why homeschooled students receive better grades across the board compared to public schooled students in standardized tests.

      • Cady555

        You like your religion best. You think your religious belief is the one and only correct belief.

        So does every other person on the planet.

        I expect you don’t want catholics or atheists or mormons or hindus trying to convert your kids as they attend public school.

        Me neither.

        Treat others as you want to be treated. Don’t proselytize other people’s kids in public schools.

        • John_33

          Of course I think my religion is the one and only correct one. If I didn’t, then I wouldn’t believe in it (that’s how it works). But you didn’t bother to read my post. I didn’t say to take over public schools and convert the children. I said that the modern concept of treating each and every religion exactly the same is illogical, and it is. Some religions are more violent than others. They don’t have the same outcome. Why don’t schools teach that? Because they have become so politicized with nonsensical issues such as this one that they are failing our students. Private schools and Home schools that teach religion properly are surpassing public schools in every subject. They are doing something right that public schools aren’t. I’ll take the homeschools over the public schools any day.

          • Michael C

            Here in the United States, we have this thing called freedom of religion. It’s not the role of the government to determine which religions are “kid safe” and which are not. I’m sure you’d agree that the government should not be in the business of regulating which religions are acceptable for minors.

            I have no doubt that you’d take issue with a public school teaching that your particular brand of Christianity is “more” or less “violent” than other versions of Christianity. I imagine that you would object to the government applying a rating scale of “correctness” to your chosen religion.

          • gizmo23

            Should they be taught that it was Christian nations that started both world wars and both sides in the civil war claimed they were doing Gods work. I’d be careful about teaching which faiths are violent

          • acontraryview

            “I said that the modern concept of treating each and every religion exactly the same is illogical, and it is.”

            How so?

            “Private schools and Home schools that teach religion properly are surpassing public schools in every subject.”

            Are you suggesting that the reason kids who attend private school or are homeschooled, on average, do better on standardized testing is singularly attributable to religious indoctrination?

          • John_33

            1.) Some religions or sects teach their followers to act more violent than others, and it shows. This really shouldn’t be that surprising. A religion that tells people to kill the unbeliever will certainly result in more violence than a religion that says to not be violent, but you certainly won’t hear that in schools.

            2.) No, I’m suggesting that homeschools and private schools are freer to teach all subjects because they aren’t restricted by political purposes and because they spend less time on social engineering. To put it simply, homeschools and private schools focus more on education than public schools do, and it shows in standardized testing.

          • acontraryview

            “A religion that tells people to kill the unbeliever will certainly result in more violence than a religion that says to not be violent,”

            What religion – across the board – tells their followers to kill unbelievers?

            “but you certainly won’t hear that in schools.”

            Public schools don’t teach what followers of particular faiths are supposed to do.

            “I’m suggesting that homeschools and private schools are freer to teach all subjects”

            What academic subjects are public schools not allowed to teach that would result in better performance “in every subject”?

            “To put it simply, homeschools and private schools focus more on education than public schools do, and it shows in standardized testing.”

            And you attribute that to what? The lower student/teacher ratio? The measured greater involvement of parents? Religious indoctrination?

          • John_33

            What religion – across the board – tells their followers to kill unbelievers?

            I didn’t say that one did. I’m simply drawing an analogy. Some religions, though, are more prone than others due to their teachings.

            What academic subjects are public schools not allowed to teach that would result in better performance “in every subject”?

            The process for crafting new textbooks for public schools has become politicized. Homeschools and private schools don’t nearly suffer from this to the same extent.

            And you attribute that to what? The lower student/teacher ratio? The measured greater involvement of parents? Religious indoctrination?

            I think greater involvement of the parents help. I also believe the emphasis on the core education is fundamental. There are also other problems that are lessened or removed altogether. No teachers’ unions to deal with; textbooks are not as politicized; and no concerns about discussing religious beliefs. Because these schools are private, they are forced to compete with each other, and that also contributes to a better education process.

          • acontraryview

            “I didn’t say that one did.”

            You: “A religion that tells people to kill the unbeliever”

            So, yes, you did.

            “The process for crafting new textbooks for public schools has become politicized. Homeschools and private schools don’t nearly suffer from this to the same extent.”

            So you can’t name any academic subjects that public schools are not allowed to teach that would result in better performance “in every subject”. Got it.

            “I also believe the emphasis on the core education is fundamental.”

            What is “core education” and how is it different in private schools?

            “No teachers’ unions to deal with; textbooks are not as politicized; and no concerns about discussing religious beliefs.”

            How would those affect performance on standardized testing?

          • John_33

            Look at the whole sentence I wrote. I said that a religion that tells people to kill the unbeliever will certainly result in more violence compared to others, and I stand by that. I never said that one “across the board” does. My point was simply that religions teachings teach different things, and as a result, outcomes are different.

            So you can’t name any academic subjects that public schools are not allowed to teach that would result in better performance “in every subject”. Got it.”

            I already explained it. Look up how Common Core is structured. Also look up new math where students conceptualize subjective answers rather than actually answer real math problems. I already mentioned that the textbooks are politicized. This is well-known.

            What is “core education” and how is it different in private schools?

            By core education, I mean reading, writing, arithmetic, science, history, etc. The difference is also in the quality of the teaching.

            How would those affect performance on standardized testing?

            Well, parents are less likely to go on strike during the school year. 🙂

            Also, parents have a higher vested interest in ensuring that their children are properly taught and understand the concepts. For private schools, teachers are placed in a competitive environment so their ability to teach matters. All of this works together to create a better learning environment.

          • acontraryview

            “I said that a religion that tells people to kill the unbeliever ”

            Religion doesn’t tell people to do anything. Individuals tell people to do certain things and they use religious text to justify those actions. I am unaware of any religion in which those who preach that religion all agree that the adherents of that religion should “kill the unbeliever”. Are you?

            From the Bible:

            “If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you … Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die.” — Dt.13:6-10

            Luke 19:27, Jesus says:

            Those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them, bring them here and kill them in front of me.

            So using your criteria does the Christian religion teach to kill the unbeliever?

            “Also look up new math where students conceptualize subjective answers rather than actually answer real math problems.”

            You should better familiarize yourself with the math requirements in Common Core. Your view of them is not accurate.

            “parents have a higher vested interest in ensuring that their children are properly taught and understand the concepts. For private schools, teachers are placed in a competitive environment so their ability to teach matters. All of this works together to create a better learning environment.”

            Agreed, as I pointed out earlier. That, however, was not your original premise. Here was the premise you put forth: “Private schools and Home schools that teach religion properly are surpassing public schools in every subject.”

            Thus you tied the teaching of religion to better scores on standardized tests, despite a complete lack of evidence that a relation of causality exists.

          • John_33

            You misunderstood and misinterpreted everything I wrote. I think it’s best to leave it here.

          • acontraryview

            What you wrote was very clear. If you are not able to defend what you wrote, then I would agree that it is best for you to leave it here.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            How can homeschools, collectively, do anything? There’s no supervisor of “Homeschool” because it’s not an organization.

          • Cady555

            I did read what you said. I understand your point. But giving the government the job of rating religions is way too dangerous.

            Winston Churchill is quoted as saying “Democracy is the worst possible form of government except for all others that have been tried.”

            Likewise keeping religion free of government influence isn’t perfect but is better than every possible alternative. The government cannot be allowed to judge which religions are “real” or “good” or “worthy.” Public schools can teach facts – Al qaeda is Islamic and responsible for 9/11, but cannot make value judgments, “X religion or christian denomination is fake/wrong/evil.”

        • http://meetchristians.com/ randalusa

          That’s crap for two reasons. First, a majority gets to choose. Second, because there is already a religion in our government schools. It is called atheist humanism. And it IS a religion because of demanding a moral precept and the authority for that idea being unproven and unprovable.

          • Cady555

            No. Sorry. Wrong. Never.

            The majority does not get to choose my religion.

            And I do not get to chose your religion, no matter how wonderful and right I believe my religious opinions to be.

            A public school coach can enourage kids to play hard and play with integrity. But he cannot tell his players they must follow his religion to be moral. Likewise he cannot tell his players to reject religion to be moral.

            Christians are used to special treatment in schools. Teachers and coaches leading prayers to their preferred god. Strangers being allowed into the school to hand out the right kind of religious literature. Ceremonies centered around the holy days of your religion. At long last, people are figuring out that school neutrality is the only way to protect the religious rights of students.

            Any students can pray, but teachers cannot tell them to pray or which god to pray to.

            All students can read religious literature or not, but the school cannot tell them which text is the preferred one.

            Neutrality is a shock after so many decades of special privilege. But unless you want an islamic principal leading a school in prayers to mecca or an atheist principal leading the school in a declaration that there are no gods, fight to keep schools neutral on religion.

          • http://meetchristians.com/ randalusa

            You are expressing OPINIONS rather than the Constitution or what is actually going on.

            1. Handing out Bibles is NOT choosing your religion anyway.

            2. The Supreme Court violated the 10th Amendment in banning school prayer. These are STATE matters, not federal. Besides, as I already said, the schools ARE teaching a religion right now, one that is approved by you.

            3. There is no school neutrality. Just the state religion and a horde of deluded atheist airheads taught to believe in fake science.

            4. Teachers are forbidden from joining in prayer at all, whether led by students or whatnot.

            5. You are confusing what is going on here. The story makes no mention of anyone leading students toward one religion. It involves kids handing out books that describe their religion. That is protected. Either way, the most of the Supreme Court justices should be impeached for violating the 10th Amendment and imposing standards on the states.

          • Cady555

            1. Handing out the Christian religious text promotes Christianity, unless the koran, atheist books, the satanic temple coloring book are given equal treatment.

            2. Prayer is not banned. That is a lie. Students can pray. Students can form religios clubs. Teachers cannot promote the religious rituals of one religion. The bill of rights limits government actionat all levels of government, as confirmed by the 14th amendment.

            3. Yes there is neutrality. There are probably some atheists who think students should be told religion is make believe. That would be illegal. I defend the first amendment, including the right of your kids to attend school without any teacher trying to change their religious belief, regardless of whether I agree with that belief.

            4. True.

            5. The Gideons are adult males. Students were not handing out the books. Outsiders were permitted into the school to hand out literature.

          • acontraryview

            “1. Handing out Bibles is NOT choosing your religion anyway.”

            Then what about your comment “First, a majority gets to choose.”?

            “2. The Supreme Court violated the 10th Amendment in banning school prayer.”

            Schools can’t pray. People can pray. The SCOTUS did not ban prayer in school.

            “Just the state religion”

            What religion is that?

            “4. Teachers are forbidden from joining in prayer at all, whether led by students or whatnot.”

            On school grounds, yes. You know – schools – paid for by all the taxpayers of all faiths as well as no faith. And the salaries of teachers – paid for by all the taxpayers of all faiths as well as no faith. You are correct. Those people who are funded by all taxpayers of all faiths as well as no faith are not allowed, in the function of their job, to endorse or participate in the actions regarding a particular religion.

            “It involves kids handing out books that describe their religion.”

            No it is not. Adults were handing out the bibles.

            “That is protected.”

            No, it is not.

            “Either way, the most of the Supreme Court justices should be impeached for violating the 10th Amendment and imposing standards on the states.”

            How would the protections of the constitution be secured if the SCOTUS were not allowed to rule on matters involving the states?

          • The Skeptical Chymist

            Very well stated, Cady!

      • acontraryview

        “One religion that teaches its followers to eat people is not the same as a different religion that teaches its followers to value life, nor should they be treated as the same.”

        What religion teaches its followers to eat people?

        “Homeschooling, for example, teaches religion”

        So every child who is homeschooled is taught religion? How do you know this?

        “That’s why homeschooled students receive better grades across the board compared to public schooled students in standardized tests.”

        Are you suggesting that the reason these kids do better on standardized tests is singularly attributable to their being taught religion?

        • Cady555

          What religion promotes cannibalism, symbolic or otherwise?

          Hmmm. I seem to remember one that does….

          • acontraryview

            If you are referring to the eucharist, I don’t think that would count as “cannibalism”. Were you referring to that, or something else?

          • Cady555

            Someone else made the accusation that other, non christian religions practice cannibalism. I just think it is an odd accusation, even tho i do not think the eucharist is cannibalism.

    • http://meetchristians.com/ randalusa

      They already DO give preference to one faith. It is called atheist humanism, an evil religion completely built on deceitful science and distorted history. You can NOT teach morality in any way without relying on SOME religion. Pretending that orientation is secular just adds another lie on top of the rest.

  • Michael C

    Is there a public sidewalk near the school? The Gideons and the satanists and the Hindus and the Muslims and the atheists and the antitheists and the Jews and the Scientologists and the Buddhists and the Mormons and the Westboro clan can all pass out their religious stuff from the sidewalk, right?

    • Angel Jabbins

      No, that would not be tolerated in my community even though there is a public sidewalk right across the street from the high school. All it takes is for one person to complain. Next thing you know, the police arrive and you are told to move along. You have to be blocks away and not target students with your material. That is the climate we are in today. The law might give you the right to do it….on the books so to speak…but might is what makes right today.

      • Psygn

        Good, I don’t want some group targeting my children. They should approach the parents if they really feel they have something important to say.

        • Cady555

          Someone did try to proselytize my child when we were riding public transportation. He asked my permission before giving a tract to my son. I don’t agree with the message but I appreciated his courtesy and his respect for me as the parent.

          • Josey

            proselytize means an attempt to convert one over to another opinion, giving out a tract or offering bibles is not attempting to convert another. The Holy Spirit convicts one of sin, He may use a seed planted by another but ultimately it is He who converts one of their sin and need for Christ, not a tract or Bible. This is nothing more than an attempt by an antichrist agenda to remove Christ from all aspects of the world, pretty soon they will remove anything they consider “religion” from all aspects, that will usher in the NWO, one false religion and the mark of the beast as Revelation prophesies. Brother will rise against brother, sister against sister, parents against children, etc and we will be hated for Christ’s name that we bear, the love of many are growing cold and it will get worse before He returns. Even so Lord Jesus, Come…amen

          • Cady555

            LOL

          • Angel Jabbins

            Nothing paranoid about it. No conspiracy either. Just the end of all things as predicted in the bible by Christ Himself. People don’t want to hear about God today and hearts are hardened more and more against His gospel message….just as Christ predicted.

            People are more concerned about a Christian handing a gospel tract to their teen-aged children than about their exposure the all the filth in the media, music, and on the internet, not to mention the brainwashing that goes on in the public schools They rage against Christians who try to share the good news of salvation, but hardly bat an eye at Islam which demands all people convert to their religion or die. I think you should be glad all you have to worry about here in the good old USA is a sincere Christian handing your child a gospel tract. Over in Syria, not just teens, but also small children are told to renounce Christ or die. When they won’t do so, they are killed and in terrible ways.

            And, by the way, there is no law (yet) against proselytizing on a public street, in a public area or on a public sidewalk that happens to be near a high school. Handing a gospel tract or a bible to someone…even a minor… is not harming them. If they don’t want it, they can just throw it away. Good grief!

        • The Skeptical Chymist

          Absolutely!

      • Cady555

        Do you want strangers hanging around schools to talk to your kids when you’re not around? I sure don’t.

        • Angel Jabbins

          And yet often parents don’t scrutinize or monitor too closely what their kids are being exposed to on a daily basis in the media, specifically targeting them…TV, music filled with violence and profanity, filthy movies, internet porn, sexting on their phones, Facebook and other social media. Someone handing your child a religious tract on a public street should be the least of your worries.

          • Chris

            “Someone handing your child a religious tract on a public street should be the least of your worries.’

            And if that person happens to be a pedophile?

          • Cady555

            Youth ministers are never pedophiles. Well, hardly ever. Just Google “youth minister news” .

          • Angel Jabbins

            Yes, sadly there are many in the church today proclaiming Christianity who were never saved and do not know Christ. They’ prayed a prayer’ and think they have their ticket to heaven. But they are living a lie because they do not follow Christ by living godly lives…think they can just go on living in their sin and rebellion because Jesus forgave them.

            Any youth pastor or anyone calling themselves a Christian who molests a child is in serious trouble, blaspheming the name of Christ by claiming to belong to Him. To be a Christian means to live like He lived….to crucify one’s own flesh and live in obedience to His Word.

            I really believe there are very few true born again believers today. Churches are filled with goats…people who prayed a prayer and think they are good to go. Sadly, they are still in their sins and are causing unbelievers to mock Christ and Christianity by their bad behavior. We will see more of this trend as the bible predicts… in the last days apostasy will overtake the church more and more. To be a true Christian will cost something…giving up sinful lifestyles… and may well cost us our lives one day. How many will be standing true to Christ when that time comes?

          • Chris

            Uh huh. Just like priests were never pedophiles a few years ago.

          • Angel Jabbins

            We are talking high school students here not small children or elementary age. Children (even young ones) are probably in more danger on the internet today, than from people walking down the street near their school…though, yes, that can happen. If our church were ever to hand out gospel tracts on a public sidewalk, it is always couple (husband and wife) or two women…just handing them with no conversation.

          • Chris

            Just a couple of points.
            1) Teenagers have been kidnapped so the age at which kids are approached would be irrelevant.
            2) Women have worked with guys before. The moors murderers for example.

    • Angel Jabbins

      Yes, those groups have freedom of speech as well as long as they are not on private, school, or gov’t property and are not involved in actively promoting/inciting violence or sedition against the gov’t. Yes, there are public sidewalks just a couple of blocks from our high school. Kids, often in groups, walk home or to town after school on those public sidewalks.

      I think free speech may soon be just a memory in America (and probably worldwide) if the liberals get their way. The terrorists attacks…in case you didn’t know…were caused by free speech…’hate’ speech of conservatives in America. (Though Bernie Sanders blames it all on global warming.)

      SALON BLAMES PARIS TERRORIST ATTACKS ON CONSERVATIVES, CALLS FOR END TO FREE SPEECH

      http: //www.breitbart. com/big-government/2015/11/15/salon-blames-paris-terrorist-attacks-conservatives-calls-end-free-speech/

  • acontraryview

    Oh my gosh. That’s just terrible. If only there were some other way for children to get a bible.

    • Cady555

      If only there were churches on every street corner. If only the bible were the most widely published book in the English language. If only nearly every church held a vacation Bible school program in the summer and had sunday school classes and programs for kids at every age.

      • acontraryview

        I know. It’s just terrible. There’s no way these poor children will be able to have access to a Bible unless they are handed out in schools.

  • http://meetchristians.com/ randalusa

    Christian parents who hand their own babies over to Satanic indoctrination centers either out of laziness or the hope that young souls will be strong enough to endure 16 years of brainwashing are deluded and derelict. Please view the video, “Time for Christians and conservatives to shut up, stop pretending to care.” It is free with no ads. We have already lost the country due to seeking lives of laughter and excitement rather than standing up against evil. Yet there is time for apologizing to our kids and perhaps rescuing those that remain in mental torture chambers. If your kids are already beyond school years, try helping teach neighbors. Plus the grandchildren.

    I am not calling for armed revolt but rather visible bodies on the sidewalk protesting the atheist professional liars at ABC News, NBC and CBC. Also outside the homes of corrupt judges, Republican phonies and evil Democrats. They must be embarrassed in front of their own children and neighbors before any change will be felt. Sell the boats, move into smaller homes. Use money and time for teaching the masses WHO has been flooding the nation with hateful demonic lies. Enough of sitting home counting the losses year after year. Enough driving kids to soccer or ballet. Give them a REAL purpose, that of standing up for truth. Make them into truth warriors. America has been at war for 100 years. The good guys have mostly surrendered the whole time. Will that be your legacy, a nice guy who got along with everyone though never stood up against the enemy?

  • Mark Moore

    Public schools are no place for proselytizing goofy religions.

    • The Skeptical Chymist

      Or any religion goofy or not.

  • Josey

    They should stand outside across the street and pass out the Bibles to anyone who wants one, no one is forced to take a Bible although I see nothing wrong with setting Bibles on a table with an open invitation to anyone who voluntarily wants one. There is no proselytizing going on, simply putting bibles on a table isn’t proselytizing. Just the same I am not forced to pick up an occultic book or watch shows on t.v. that blaspheme Jesus Christ my precious Lord and Saviour. Does this anti- Christ group suppose that people are so ignorant that they cannot choose to pick up a bible or walk on by w/out picking up. No one makes me feel or do anything I choose not to do, you people who are promoting these things must live in fear constantly of the influence of others, followers who drink the koolaid of propaganda you must be, what a shame that you live in such fear. Turn to Christ and repent, His perfect love casts out all fear.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      1. This is an Establishment Clause violation. It requires no coercion. And make no mistake, it is a violation. Berger v. Rensselaer Central Sch. Corp., 982 F.2d 1160 (7th Cir. 1993). The law is the law regardless of what you feel it should be. Courts are the arbiters of the law, not you.

      2. I doubt Jesus “casts out all fear,” since the most paranoid people in this country are the religious right.

  • Nidalap

    Hmm…sad, but the taking of the Bible out of the public schools is not the cause of the current societal decay. It is a symptom of it. The only way lasting change will occur is at the grassroots level. Only if change first occurs throughout the society will this suicidal plunge of decay slow, much less cease…

    • Ralf Spoilsport

      No, religious freedom is not a symptom of societal decay.