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School Board Hears Bible Supporters

GROVE, Okla., (UPI) –  Grove, Okla., school officials say they were threatened with lawsuits if they allowed a religious group to offer free Bibles to elementary students.

The issue was discussed at a school board meeting Tuesday attended by about 100 people, the majority there to show support for the longstanding practice by Gideons International to distribute pocket-sized copies of the New Testament to fifth-grade students, the Tulsa ( Okla.) World reported Thursday.

School superintendent Sandy Coaly said Wednesday, “There were people that wanted us to lose our jobs for allowing the Gideons to pass out Bibles last year. We were told if we allowed them to be passed out, the school would be sued.”

She did not identify those making the threat.

Attorney Robert Plunk addressed the meeting and pointed out the local Rotary Club offers dictionaries to third-grade students, suggesting Bibles should be distributed in the same manner.

Local pastor Rev. Tony Wisdom told the five-member school board a minority view should not override the majority’s, that other faiths should be permitted to distribute religious literature at schools and pointed out no student is forced to accept a Bible.

“We are working with the school to work out a compromise not to break any laws,” said Ken Black, Delaware County, Okla., representative of Gideons International.

The board did not address the Bible policy at the meeting, the newspaper said.

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  • Harold Olsen

    As far as I know there are no written laws forbidding Bibles in schools. The morons who oppose this sort of thing claim it violates the constitution separation of church and state clause — which does not exist. The ONLY constitution that this clause ever appeared in was the constitution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. THAT is the constitution idiots like the ACLU and others who oppose religion in schools are trying to enforce. A few years ago I heard that altered versions of the US Constitution were being distributed. One of the alterations was that the 1st Amendment included the separation of church and state clause. I do not know who was distributing this version of the constitution, but I heard that it was the ACLU. Most of our founding fathers not only approved of Bibles being used in public schools, they felt it should be used as a text book. In the beginning of our nation, it WAS being used as a text book in public schools

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