Elementary school ends ‘illegal’ lunchtime Bible study


In 1962, the United States Supreme Court ruled that formal prayer had no place in public education. istock photo

You won’t study your Bible – at least not during lunch hour.

This is the new command of Hudsonville Elementary School in Michigan. The school district closed a lunchtime Bible study for fifth-graders that was led by a teacher.

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“The teacher (who thought the Bible discussion was appropriate because it was over lunch and volunteered) immediately ended those lunch meetings,” Hudsonville Public Schools wrote in a statement to WOOD television station. “We will continue to communicate and educate staff at all levels on district policies related to religion in schools.”

The controversy began after the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists swayed young Bible scholars. And they wasted no time celebrating their victory.

“This illegal and unconstitutional activity was carried out without parental notification or consent,” the organization said in a press release. “A parent told MACRA that their child, who is only 10 years old, has been singled out and pressured by his peers for refusing to attend Bible studies.”

The school district practically threw the teacher under the bus – telling MLive.com they had no idea the group was meeting even during lunch hour.

“We would like the district to take a more proactive stance in communicating across the district that teachers and volunteers are not to be involved in religion during the school day,” a spokesperson for MACRA told MLive.com.

Apparently the biggest disciplinary problem in Hudsonville public schools is that kids peek at the Good Book while they eat a bolognese sandwich.

I could see where that would trigger microaggressions in non-believers – and maybe a little indigestion.


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