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May 19, 2005

Elementary school faces lawsuit for censoring Bible

From AgapePress:

An elementary school in Knoxville, Tennessee, has been threatened with a federal lawsuit after its principal told a group of young students they cannot study their Bibles during recess or even bring their Bibles to school.

Until recently, 10-year-old Luke Whitson and his friends had been reading from their Bibles and discussing scripture at school during non-instructional time. But not long ago, the children were stopped on the playground and told by the school principal that they could no longer hold their informal Bible study during recess, and that they must not bring their Bibles to Karns Elementary School again.

The students and some of their parents were upset by the principal's actions. After complaining to the school, Whitson's parents sought legal assistance from Alliance Defense Fund member attorney Charles Pope of the legal group JMF Counsel. Pope wrote a letter to the Knoxville elementary school on the family's behalf, demanding that the Bible study ban be dropped by Friday and that the Knox County School District "immediately issue a statement addressing the unconstitutional actions and policy" and alerting all school personnel that the students in question and others were to be permitted to "exercise their constitutional rights."

The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) is America's largest legal alliance defending religious liberty through education, strategy, funding, and litigation. ADF senior counsel Joseph Infranco says the school's actions infringed upon the constitutional freedoms of Whitson and his schoolmates, and ADF is prepared to take the district officials to court over it.

"The Constitution does not prohibit Bibles during recess," Infranco contends. "If anything, it prohibits the banning of Bibles during recess. These students have First Amendment rights. And we have told the school that they have to back down from this unconstitutional position, or we will file suit."

Twisting the US Constitution, Liberal activists, many sitting on the judicial bench, have used unheard of outside sources to “reinterperit” the Constitution to mean the exact opposite of what the Founding Fathers intended when they wrote it. Using a letter Thomas Jefferson sent to a church in Connecticut, the Supreme court invented the concept of “Separation of Church and State” applying it however, only to actions by people of faith, not the restrictions of faith. The Founding Fathers wanted to prevent the US Government from forcing people to adopt any specific religion, yet today we have the religion of Evolution forcibly taught to school children at taxpayers' expense.

I find it odd that this particular elementary school has held out so long since these types of acts inevitably are ruled unconstitutional, but perpetrated due to the false idea (perpetuated by the ACLU) that religion anywhere near anything having to do with the government is against the law.

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 19, 2005 07:55 AM

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