Monday, October 12, 2015

Bible Harmful to Students, Must Ban: Parents Say

Some parents in California were outraged to learn that their local schools allowed students to be aware of the second annual “Bring Your Bible to School Day” saying that Bible-illiterate students, along with Jews, Muslims, Hindu and atheist students, would be intimated by the Bibles.  In response, they demanded the schools distribute atheist propaganda to the students.

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Religion or Gay Agenda: California Students to Choose

California School Bans Books by Christian Authors

California Boots College Christian Clubs Across the State

Abstinence Education Illegal in California Judge Rules

Texas Teacher Confiscates Bible from Second-grader

Teacher Bans Free Time Bible Reading in Missouri

Satanic Book Distribution in Florida Schools

Atheists Help Liberal Schools Ban Christmas Choirs

Also read myriad examples of Christians being censored in public K-12 schools as well as at colleges.

And read Christian Prayer Outrages California City Council

-- From "Religious group sets 'Bring Your Bible to School Day' for Oct. 8" by Danielle Dreilinger, The Times-Picayune 9/23/15

Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian group, is calling on public school students to express their religious freedom by taking their Bibles to class Oct. 8. . . .

Students have the right to read religious scriptures at public school, the American Civil Liberties Union says. Public schools may also teach religion, as long as teachers do not proselytize.

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From "Students asked to bring Bibles to school Thursday" posted at Gaston Gazette (North Carolina) 10/7/15

“We hear from many students who want to be open about their faith and exercise their religious freedoms at school, but don’t know they are allowed to,” said Candi Cushman, Focus on the Family education analyst. “When we let them know they don’t have to hide their beliefs, they feel empowered to do what’s always been on their hearts: to bring their Bibles to school and use their free time to publicly live out their faith. That’s why this event strikes a chord. Last year about 8,000 students participated and this year we expect that number to grow exponentially.”

Students can sign up to participate in “Bring Your Bible to School Day” online. Free, downloadable guides for students, pastors and parents are also available online at

Students can follow “Bring Your Bible to School Day” on Facebook and Twitter and find more information at The official hashtag is #BringYourBible.

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From "California school draws criticism for promoting 'Bring Your Bible to School'" by Newsmedia, posted at Dispatch Times 10/8/15

A flyer promoting a nationwide “Bring Your Bible To School Day” that was sent to thousands of parents by a local school district raised confusion with parents and students. The pamphlet even quotes scripture, reading “Let your light shine, – Matthew 5:16”.

Montrose, Delta and the District 51 school districts all say children are all allowed to bring their Bible to school, yet Pastor Randy Mills says Bring Your Bible to School Day should not focus on imposing your religion upon others.

“We’ve received a few calls from concerned families”, said district spokesman Daniel Thigpen. The report adds that school policy states materials that “discriminate against, attack, or denigrate any group on account of gender, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, or any other unlawful consideration; or promote one group over another” are prohibited.

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From "Bring your Bible to school on Oct. 8; it’s your right" Letter to editor by Olivia Verfaillie, Webberville, MI; posted at Livingston County Daily Press & Argus 10/7/15

Christian students attending public schools, all the way to college level, have the right, which is guaranteed within the Constitution’s First Amendment, to participate in and promote “Bring Your Bible to School Day” on Thursday, Oct. 8. This is an annual, nationwide, religious freedom event, student-initiated and student-led, when students will bring their Bibles to school and discuss the Bible with fellow classmates during non-instructional time.

“Separation of church and state” is not a reason to ban student religious expression. Atheists would like Christians to believe that the US Constitution insists on this separation. This is a myth. Our founding fathers’ intention: freedom of religion, not freedom from religion; government (the state) should not control religion.

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From "Atheist group wants school district to distribute event flier via email" by Loretta Kalb, The Sacramento Bee 10/9/15

The Folsom Cordova Unified School District, still coping with community reaction to an email it sent to 20,000 parents publicizing “Bring Your Bible to School Day,” is sending another email flier advertising a Sunday atheism event at the state Capitol.

The district has already distributed the announcement via its third-party email service, Peachjar. It invites participants to “Freethought Day,” an afternoon celebration of science, First Amendment and nonreligious rights on the Capitol’s south lawn.

Folsom Cordova Board President Teresa Stanley said that the district’s legal counsel, in advising that the second flier also be emailed, warned that the district may not disparage or discriminate against any one group. The mailer included a another disclaimer stating that the school district was not a sponsor of the program.

Novella Coleman, an attorney with the ACLU of Northern California, said Thursday that the district likely violated the separation of church and state.

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From "Bible event publicized in fliers sent by Folsom Cordova district" by Bill Lindelof and Loretta Kalb, The Sacramento Bee 10/8/15

Ashley Slovak, whose daughter is in the first grade at Carl H. Sundahl Elementary, said she was incredulous when she read the email.

“We’re raising our child in an interfaith household. We have a strong sense of faith in our house, but we would never bring that into the school institution,” Slovak said. “It’s unbelievable the district is supporting something that blurs the line between public education and religion.”

The email was sufficiently disturbing, she said, that the couple kept their daughter out of school on Thursday “in protest of what the district is doing.”

Daniel Thigpen, spokesman for the [Folsom Cordova] district, said that the district has a policy that allows the distribution of some fliers by email from organizations that want to publicize activities for students and families. But he said the district “tried to make clear to our staff and our families is that this is not a district- or school-sponsored event in any fashion.” He said no students were required to participate.

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Also read Lesbians Sue California Christian School for Biblical Beliefs as well as California Wants Immoral Teachers in Catholic Schools

And read President Obama's Defense Dept. Says Bible is Sexist