Public School Ends Bible Giveaway Tradition After Humanists File Complaint

Source: Huffington Post

By Carol Kuruvilla; Religion Reporter, HuffPost

“Anyone … can see that the purpose of this is to promote Christianity,” said a lawyer for the legal branch of the American Humanist Association.

A public elementary school in Kansas has agreed to end its yearly tradition of facilitating a Bible giveaway on school grounds.

In the past, Herington Elementary School allowed the Christian organization The Gideons International to distribute free Bibles to fifth-graders once a year. But the school recently received complaints from local parents and the American Humanist Association, an advocacy organization for nontheists.

Monica Miller, senior counsel at the AHA’s legal arm, said assisting the Gideons in distributing Bibles represents a clear breach by the school of the Constitution’s establishment clause.

“Anyone, religious or not, can see that the purpose of this is to promote Christianity,” Miller said in a statement.

The Gideons International is a Christian organization commonly known for placing free Bibles in hotel and hospital rooms. The group has run into legal challenges numerous times as a result of its efforts to distribute Bibles to children in public schools during school hours.

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