Bible Battle in School District
By: CJ Cassidy
Annapolis, MO - A
n age old debate becomes a hot topic in one heartland school district.
hould leaders at the
istrict have allowed a Christian group to hand out b
ibles on school property?
American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU
ourt today to step in and stop the group from handing out
ibles to fifth graders during class time.
he controversial issue has school leaders and parents deeply divided
wondering what's next.
hey're given individually to students to take home
students can choose to take them or not
. He explains
nternational have handed out bibles to fifth graders for at least ten years.
ut after the
stepped in on behalf of some objecting parents in
ewis did some research.
came up with information that indicated
it was illegal and could put the school's insurance coverage in jeopardy.
gave that information to the board and the board decided to go ahead and pursue what we'd done in the past
," he says.
ewis admits that puts him in a difficult position
but the 4-3 vote by board members gave him no choice.
ne fifth grader's parent says she doesn't understand why there's an issue at all.
s a parent, it's a good thing.
think our kids need it
need a lot more discipline
, and a
hristian atmosphere in our school
," Christina Dooley says.
till other folks who live in the home of freedom fest
wonder what exactly their freedoms entitle them to.
don't think the children should have
ibles until they're old enough to understand the concept of religion
believe it's wrong to give children materials that in my opinion are slanted towards
belief of a supreme being
," Frederick Kurtzborn says.
ewis submitted his resignation from the school district where he's worked for more than 35 years
at the same time the controversy started up.
e says it wasn't the main factor
but refers to it as the straw that broke the camel's back.
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