It wasn’t that long ago when we reported about a Tennessee school having students recite the five pillars of Islam, including “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet.” In the same story, it was reported that a substantial section on Christianity in the class’s world history textbook was skipped over by the teacher.
Of course, people complained about this measure of attention being given to a religion like Islam at the exclusion of Christianity. But the teacher assured everyone that they’d get to Christianity at a later time.
I think it’s just that Atheists don’t want Christianity referenced in government schools. Atheists didn’t mind that this particular world history teacher was teaching kids to recite that there is no god but Allah. You know that Atheists would have a fit if that same history teacher had his students recite the First Commandment, in which God says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” It wouldn’t matter that the teacher was simply going through the Christianity section in some textbook. Having students recite some of the Ten Commandments would be totally unconstitutional. It would be effectively “endorsing” Christianity.
All it took was one complaint about Bibles, and another Tennessee school district decided to place a universal ban on all religious books. Breitbart reported:
Due to a single complaint, the Bledsoe county, Tennessee school system has put in place a new ban on the distribution of all religious materials, including the Christian Bible, the Associated Press Reports.
Bledsoe County Schools Superintendent Jennifer Terry recently told the media that due to a complaint, the school is now banning religious distributions, meaning that the Christian group Gideons International will be barred from the school going forward.
Gideon Chaplain Charlie Queen says that the decision surprises him, because he has been giving Bibles away in local schools for many years. Kids are free to take one or pass them up with no pressure, he reported.
“We simply go in, we lay it on the table, we tell them what it is and who we are and if they want one…they freely take one,” Queen said. “We do not hand it to them, they take it freely and voluntarily.”
For her part, Superintendent Terry insisted that the distribution of Bibles violates the Constitution.
“Bledsoe County Schools do not allow the distribution of religious materials from any religious groups. The distribution of religious materials in a public school is in violation of constitutional provisions and well established federal and state laws and precedence,” Terry said.
The U.S. Supreme Court, though, has ruled that religious expression in schools is not illegal. In 2001, for instance, a Christian club sued a New York school that wanted to restrict the club. The SCOTUS ruled that the school had to allow the club to meet on school property.
Even the ACLU notes that it is “simply wrong” to assume that the Constitution had declared public schools to be “religion free zones.”
The Constitution doesn’t say anything about making sure local school districts disallow Bibles from being distributed. The 1st Amendment has been so twisted by Atheists that they think it means exactly the opposite of what it actually means.
The 1st Amendment addresses Congress in making sure they don’t make a law “respecting an establishment of religion.” At the same time, they can’t make laws “prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Atheists think that it’s the law that anyone in the public sphere is prohibited from exercising religion. Such a law would be unconstitutional.