One of the pillars of a free republic is freedom of religion, which is a principle that is currently under attack in America, particularly if you’re a Christian.
We’ve seen angry atheists lash out at Bibles being put in Navy hotels, crosses hung at memorials, and of course, manager scenes during Christmas time.
However, the latest attack on religious freedom involving a 12-year-old boy and his Bible is simply beyond unacceptable.
In Marshall, Missouri, a father says that being banned from reading the Bible in school is precisely what happened to his son.
Loyal Grandstaff, a 12-year old student at Bueker Middle School, was reading the Bible during his free time. He says the bible gives him encouragement so he enjoys reading it.
According to Loyal, he was not reading out loud and he was not sharing it with his classmates. His teacher, however, told him that reading the Bible in school was not allowed.
It’s totally unbelievable that this is being allowed to happen in America.
In a culture where most kids are swearing up a storm, cussing out and even physically attacking teachers, this young man wants to read his Bible–during his own time–an activity which is much more likely to produce well-adjusted moral behavior, yet is discouraged from doing so.
And we wonder why kids are the way they are.
Who wants to bet that if this kid were a Muslim busting out a copy of the Koran in his down time, the school would celebrate it’s rich religious “diversity?”
The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees the right to freely practice one’s religion. It does not give the government any authority to intrude on a student’s right to read the Bible, regardless of whether or not the school said student attends is funded by the government.
Separation of church and state isn’t in the Constitution. It’s a concept developed by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to the Danbury Baptists. The whole idea was meant to keep the government out of the church, not the other way around.
Children should be free to read the Bible and other religious literature if they wish, especially if its on their own time.
Hopefully the father in this incident will take action to fight the teacher and school on this issue in order to preserve his son’s religious freedom.