Thou shall not study thy Bible -- at
least not during lunchtime.
That's the new commandment at Hudsonville Elementary School in Michigan.
The school district shut down a lunchtime Bible study for fifth graders
that was led by a teacher.
"The teacher (who thought the Bible discussion was appropriate because
it was during lunch and voluntary) immediately put an end to these lunch
meetings," Hudsonville Public Schools wrote in a statement to television
station WOOD. "We will continue to communicate and educate staff at all
levels on the District's policies related to religion in schools."
The controversy started after the Michigan Association of Civil Rights
Activists ratted out the young Bible scholars. And they wasted no time
in gloating over their victory.
"This illegal and unconstitutional activity was being conducted without
parental notification or consent," the organization said in a news
release. "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."
The school district pretty much threw the teacher under the bus --
telling MLive.com they had no idea the group was even meeting during
"We'd like to see the district take a more proactive stance in
communicating across the district that teachers and volunteers are not
to be involved with religion during the school day," a spokesman for
MACRA told MLive.com.
Apparently the biggest disciplinary issue in Hudsonville Public Schools
is young people sneaking a peek at the Good Book while they're eating a
I could see where that would trigger microaggressions among
non-believers -- and maybe a little indigestion.
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