After-School Program Illegally Yanks Kid’s Bible

Barb Wire

By Howard Portnoy

If schools and school-related groups are going to enforce the so-called “establishment” clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution, it is incumbent on them to learn what the law says and doesn’t say. This issue arose last week when a lunch room supervisor at a Florida elementary school erroneously told a five-year-old she was not allowed to pray before partaking of her noonday meal.

And now it has come up again. This time, the incident involved the reading of the Bible. From the Huffington Post:

On March 20, staff at Tennessee’s Cannon County REACH after-school program reportedly told a student he was not allowed to read his Bible at school. If they let him read the Bible on school property, staff allegedly told the boy’s mother, they ran the risk of being shut down by the state.

The story is also carried by the Christian Post minus the adverbs reportedly and allegedly, though most of the facts are largely the same. So is the outcome:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee (ACLU-TN) stepped in when the student’s mother contacted them, seeing in the case a clear misunderstanding of what the First Amendment of the Constitution really says about religious freedom.

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