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Saturday, March 04, 2006

ACLU Targets Small Town USA

"The ACLU of Eastern Missouri sues a school in a tiny populated town to prevent a free Gideon Bible distribution, according to this article.

This is one of those situations where the ACLU rides into a community with arguable limited financial resources and seeks to essentially bankrupt them by suits such as these. Knowing that schools with small populations are unlikely to fight in court, they are an easy target for the ACLU. And the fact that this school district is in a rural community means it is more likely that it is a conservative part of the state and an incentive for the ACLU to get the district to succumb to its agenda. Hopefully our good friends at the Alliance Defense Fund will be able to come to their aid and stand up to the ACLU.

Apparently a couple families don't like the Bible distribution which has been going on for some time. It would be understandable for the ACLU to intervene if the school forced the children of these two groups of parents to take a Bible against their wishes. But such was not the case.

The simple solution here would be to let the Bible distribution continue for those who wanted the Gideon Bibles. There was no basis for the ACLU to prevent all the students who want the Bibles to receive them simply because of two bully families who don't want them for their kids.

The ACLU says the chief objection was that the Bibles were distributed during class time. That may well be but that doesn't mean religious instruction was occurring during that time. If that's the case, what's the big deal? School classes often deviate from subjects taught and instructions to do a myriad of things from time to time. What's the problem handing Bibles out during that time? Would the ACLU sue if Heather Has Two Mommies was distributed during class time? I think we know the answer...

The ACLU likes to tout its defense of Christians and religious folks as they point out here without pointing out all the cases of religious expression they have legally assaulted. If the ACLU was truly about religious liberty, they would have told those two punk families that the children have a right to receive a Gideon Bible if they want it.

But typical ACLU, the tyranny of the minority prevails, at least for now. The ACLU is essentially denying the students the right to religious expression as ascertained from those who would have wished to receive the Bible.

In the meantime, if you live in or near Annapolis or Iron County or somewhere in Southeast Missouri or even elsewhere in the state, express your support for this school and tell them to stand up to the ACLU. Also, be sure to write U.S. Senators Talent and Bond as well as your Congressmen and state senators and representatives.

Contact information for the school can be found here.

Crossposted From Here.

Thoughtful Readers Speak:
My husband and I are heavily involved with The Gideons! My husband hands out bibles all the time at high schools - to those who want them, they are offered and not forced on anyone, and also goes to the jails with the Gideons to do ministry by doing a chapel service and handing out bibles!

I even wrote about an experience I had a few months ago when I handed out bibles for the Gideons Auxilary...if I can find that I'll post it.

In the meantime you can see a few pictures of me and my husband and some of the missionaries we had the tremendous blessing of meeting at last years Gideons International conference.


(P.S. It's me from Writing right :)
I also was a member of The Gideons for about seven years. Children loved receiving the New Testaments; their parents were quite happy for me to explain the significance of the Bible to the kids. The problem is with liberals who want to shut down discussion which might point to the pointlessness of the hedonism liberals practice.
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