School Faces Suit for Distributing Free Bibles

May 25, 2007

Author: Jenny Hurwitz

Source: Beliefnet

Amite, La. - The Tangipahoa Parish School Board is facing another federal lawsuit, this time from a parent claiming that the district permitted the distribution of Bibles to students on school property during class.

The suit, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, was filed Thursday (May 17) in U.S. District Court in New Orleans. In addition to the nine School Board members, the suit names the schools superintendent and a middle school principal as defendants.

It marks the fifth ACLU-sponsored case involving religion against the Tangipahoa school system in 13 years.

"They're habitual offenders when it comes to promoting religion in schools," said Joe Cook, executive director of Louisiana's branch of the ACLU. "In this case, they teamed up with someone else."