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Bibles banned on playgrounds: Legal group challenges restriction on student activity at recess
WorldNet Daily ^ | May 12, 2005

Posted on 05/12/2005 1:56:58 AM PDT by Stoat

Bibles banned
on playgrounds

Legal group challenges restriction on student activity during recess

Posted: May 12, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

© 2005



An elemenatary school principal who barred students from reading the Bible during recess after a complaint from parents is violating the Constitution, according to a public-interest law firm challenging his actions.

In a letter to the Knox County School District in Tennesee, the Alliance Defense Fund declared the principal of Karns Elementary School is on "shaky constitutional ground."


"The Constitution does not prohibit Bibles during recess; it prohibits the wholesale banning of Bibles during recess," said Charles Pope, the ADF-allied attorney who wrote the letter to the district.

"A school official cannot tell a student that he can't bring his Bible to school or study it with friends during non-classroom time," Pope stated.

According to ADF, 10-year-old student Luke Whitson used his regularly scheduled recess time to read the Bible with a few friends on his school's playground. After receiving a complaint from a parent, the principal reportedly ordered the students to stop their activity, put their Bibles away and cease from bringing them to school.

"There are no 'age discrimination' allowances in the First Amendment of the Constitution," said ADF Senior Counsel Joseph Infranco. "The law protects these students the same as it protects all students."

Infranco said children "have rights of speech and association during their non-instructional time, and the school may not curtail those rights because of their age."

Whitson's parents sought legal assistance from Pope, who contends "the law as it pertains to this situation is well settled."

"Students may have religious discussions and Bible study during non-instructional time," he explained in his letter. "The school district should immediately issue a statement addressing the unconstitutional actions and policy and alerting all personnel to permit Luke and other similarly situated students to exercise their constitutional rights."

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: aclulist; bannedbooks; bible; bibles; churchandstate; education; educationnews; libertarians; playground; religion; schools; students; theophobia
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The NORMAL parents should boycott the school......

I agree completely, although full State and Federal support of Charter schools would make such a boycott far easier for law-abiding parents who wish to do the right thing for their children yet do not wish to be jailed for failing to send their children to school.  Government schools will be made better by competition from private and charter schools, and charter schools will be best supported when given the same State benefits and recognition as Government schools.

There is a great deal of work that remains to be done.

When the teachers get laid off, the freedom of religion would return quickly.

Very true. Hopefully parents will be given options that will prevent such drastic measures, however.

21 posted on 05/12/2005 3:00:57 AM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
Not only should parent boycott the school but the parents involved should sue the administration for a violation of their 1st Amendment rights to exercise their beliefs freely.
I want to know why lawyers never invoke the second piece of the religious clauses of the 1st Amendment. Our founding fathers wanted to protect the citizenry from an intrusive government infringing on our rights to exercise our beliefs freely. This is not a free speech problem!
22 posted on 05/12/2005 5:08:33 AM PDT by NVD
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To: Stoat

It's sad to see how much things have changed at this school in the last twenty years. When I was in fifth grade at this school, the Gideons came and handed out little red New Testaments during class time. Now, you can't read the Bible on your own time? And people wonder why the Baptist school 2 miles down the road has to turn people away and has a waiting list for enrollment.

23 posted on 05/12/2005 5:15:46 AM PDT by tnlibertarian ("In my opinion, they have no rights, except a safe return to their homeland. - "Robert Vazquez")
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To: tnlibertarian

Oh, and in case anyone feels the need to let the principal know their feelings, her name is Cathy Summa. She may be reached at

24 posted on 05/12/2005 5:20:34 AM PDT by tnlibertarian ("In my opinion, they have no rights, except a safe return to their homeland. - "Robert Vazquez")
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To: GailA

I know you're in Middle Tennessee (I think), but do you have a Tennessee ping list? Thought this might warrant a ping or two.

25 posted on 05/12/2005 5:44:04 AM PDT by tnlibertarian ("In my opinion, they have no rights, except a safe return to their homeland. - "Robert Vazquez")
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To: gulfcoast6

Yes, “THEY” have been busy for YEARS! Perfect example of incrementalism.

Incrementalism,  in·cre·men·tal·ism, Social or political gradualism.

Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35

January 10, 1963

Current Communist Goals

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

26 posted on 05/12/2005 6:09:52 AM PDT by Not a 60s Hippy (They are SOCIALISTS - not progressives, elitists, liberals, etc.)
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To: Stoat
Please cleanse our land. Whatever must be done please do.
27 posted on 05/12/2005 6:11:54 AM PDT by American Vet Repairman (Throw yer pie at 'dis!)
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To: television is just wrong

To quote or paraphrase Ann Coulter, Liberals hate all religions except Islam.

28 posted on 05/12/2005 6:14:27 AM PDT by youngtory (Liberals in Conservative clothing are bigger liars than the liberals themselves.)
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