Thursday, September 29, 2005
Has It Come To This?
(AgapePress) - A federal court has been asked to order a Knoxville, Tennessee, elementary school to stop prohibiting a ten-year-old student from reading his Bible during recess.
Luke Whitson and his parents have filed a motion for preliminary injunction against Knox County School officials, who allegedly threatened to punish the boy for reading his Bible during recess at Karns Elementary School. The district claims the Bible reading jeopardizes student safety and that, because recess is not "free time," they can prohibit Bible reading during that time.
But Whitson's attorney, Nate Kellum with the Alliance Defense Fund, says school officials are wrong to claim reading the Bible on a school playground violates the so-called "separation of church and state." Read The Rest Of The Story Here
If this child was reading Marx or Engles, copies would be made and distributed to all the kids on the playground!
On the flip side, I'd oppose any efforts to have the teachers lead the students in daily prayers, but support the students having their own prayers.
We need both religion from religion and freedom of religion, seems to me.
The child and his friends ARE allowed to read their bibles during 'free time' and 'free reading time'. However recess is not 'free time' but a time for structured activities. I'm not saying there isn't an issue here, just that it's not quite so clear cut, and the fact that the parents were on Fox News before even serving the school with legal notice(which contains some very notable contradictions) doesn't help their credibility.
Thanks, Cold Pillow, for providing more info.
BTW, great article. Please excuse me, but I get real riled when I see stuff like this. I wish these judges and teachers would be FORCED to KNOW what the Constitution says and means!
I use to read the book of shadows with a brown paper book cover around the out side. This was at a Catolic school :)
Plain book covers are the answers! But again it shouldn't matter and that is our freedom!
If it's free time, it's free time and they certainly can't stop any kid from reading the Bible or Superman. I'm just saying if it's structured time, then that's a different scenario.
I'll admit, now that I've read a few links to the story, it sounds incredible and I'd tend to side with you AS THE STORY WAS REPORTED.
However, all the sites where I found the story listed were rightwing-ish in nature. I'm just saying I'd like to hear the other side of the story. That's all.
Look, my only point was that there is more to this story than you presented. Acknowledge it or don't but you can't honestly believe that this is as one sided as you present it.
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