Odessa School District Sued Over Bible Elective

May 20, 2007

Author: Matt Curry

Source: Houston Chronicle

Wire Service: AP


The American Civil Liberties Union and People for the American Way Foundation sued the Ector County Independent School District, asking the Odessa school system stop teaching the course. The Ector school board approved the course, a high school elective, by a 4-2 vote in 2005.

"Religion is very important in my family and we are very involved in our religious community. But the public schools are no place for religious indoctrination that promotes certain beliefs that not all the kids in the school share," Doug Hildebrand, an ordained Presbyterian deacon who is among the plaintiffs, said in a written statement released by the ACLU.

School Superintendent Wendell Sollis said district officials are reviewing the lawsuit with their lawyer.

"We are not going to debate the individual points of the suit publicly," he said.