By Tony Perkins
Of all the things kids could be reading these days, the Bible should be the least of anyone’s worries. Unfortunately for Loyal Grandstaff, his Marshall, Missouri school district doesn’t see it that way. When the 12-year-old brought his Bible to school to read on his breaks, his teacher said it wasn’t allowed. Apparently, free time isn’t as free as it should be, even though Loyal wasn’t disrupting other students or drawing attention to his faith.
“I like to read the Bible,” Loyal said, “because it’s a good book.” And it’s good for you. While other students, his dad says, are “walking around disrespecting their teachers, kids walking around cussing and everything else and they’re practically getting into no trouble at all,” his son is meditating on thoughtfulness, gentleness, and self-control. And the school wants to stop him — a move that is not only unconscionable but unconstitutional!
While public schools may choose not to provide the Word of God to students, but that doesn’t mean they should prevent children from learning it on their own time. Principal Lance Tobin insists that while Bibles aren’t banned, he still needs to look into the situation before upholding Loyal’s religious freedom. Even the 12-year-old recognizes that for the excuse it is. “He doesn’t want me reading it in his class because he doesn’t believe it, because he feels like he’s shutdown,” Loyal told reporters.
Is it any wonder that homeschooling is hitting record highs? If their values aren’t tolerated at school, families will teach their kids where they are: at home.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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