If this story isn’t enough to convince someone that discrimination against Christianity is very real in 2017 America, nothing will be.
NBC8 Wood TV reports that Hudsonville Public Schools in Hudsonville, Michigan has agreed to put an end to a lunchtime Bible study that had been taking place at one of its elementary schools.
The group had met twice and been overseen by a teacher. The so-called Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists — which has also gone to war over innocuous displays of a cross and a Bible verse on public property — caught wind of it and filed a complaint (claiming that upset families came to them about the matter), and the school district folded like a cheap suit. Here’s the statement they put out:
Mitch Kahle, of Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists (MACRA) informed the District that an elementary teacher was involved in a Bible-based discussion with a group of fifth-grade students during their lunch recess. District administration verified the details of Mr. Kahle’s report, and the teacher (who thought the Bible discussion was appropriate because it was during lunch and voluntary) immediately put an end to these lunch meetings. We will continue to communicate and educate staff at all levels on the District’s policies related to religion in schools.
And here’s the statement from the state’s left-wing secular jackboots:
The Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists (MACRA) has compelled the Hudsonville Public Schools to immediately terminate a teacher-led Bible study that was held weekly at Alward Elementary School in Hudsonville over many years […] Furthermore, this illegal and unconstitutional activity was being conducted without parental notification or consent […] One parent told MACRA that their child, who is only 10 years old, was singled out and subjected to peer pressure for declining to attend the Bible studies.
For more than 50 years now, the U.S. Supreme Court has expressly prohibited all organized religious activity in public schools, especially when such activity involves teachers, principals, staff, or any adult, including volunteers, and is conducted on school property during school hours.
The report goes on to note that some of the facts of the case are disputed, with the MACRA alleging that these Bible studies have been going on at the school for years, while the school maintains there were only two instances and the administration knew nothing about them.
Whatever the truth of those details may be, one thing is clear: squashing this Bible study was a disgrace.
At most, it could be justified on a technicality, if an existing state statute or regulation bars any Bible studies on school property during school hours, or bars teacher involvement in such an event. But even then, all that would mean is that the rule is what needs to be eliminated, not the Bible study.
Religious clubs in public schools are not unheard of, nor is such clubs having teacher advisors or supervisors. It’s not taking away from class time, and as long as it’s 100% voluntary and the school would allow similar voluntary gatherings for interested students to study other faiths’ religious texts, then how could this possibly be construed as an imposition on religion?
It’s not…but then, the Left’s war on religion has nothing to do wtih protecting individual rights. Their only — only — interest is purging from public life humanity’s biggest counterforce to moral relativism, and government’s biggest competitor as the center of the universe.