Kentucky ACLU targets Gideons distributing Bibles at schools
by Franklin Clark, Reporter --
Apr 10, 2013 | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky is alleging that school districts in Kentucky are allowing organizations to hand out religious literature to students in elementary schools during school hours.

However, James Mangels, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Operations for Trigg County Schools, and Trigg County Intermediate Principal Brian Futrell both state that this is not the case at Trigg County.

“Groups may attend the annual Meet and Greet Event,” said Futrell. “This event is not held during school hours.”

The specific group the ACLU speaks of, as outlined in their April 4 letter to the 174 school superintendents in Kentucky, is Gideons International, which ACLU officials say is distributing religious literature – namely, Bibles and New Testaments – directly to elementary students during school hours.

The letter, written by ACLU-KY Staff Attorney William E. Sharp, reads, “this practice violates both federal and state constitutional guarantees barring governmental endorsement of religion, and it also impermissibly encroaches upon parents’ prerogative to direct the religious upbringing of their children.”

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