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Bible confiscated from second-grader?

Leslie Brown

A  second-grader from Texas had the Bible she was reading during “read-to-myself” time taken from her by her teacher. The Bible was removed from public schools in 1963.  How’s that working out for us?

According to the school, the teacher did not deem the Bible to be at the appropriate reading level for the child. The child’s family has secured the services of the Liberty Institute in an effort to fight back.

“A text without a context is a pretext“. What this means is that text around the supposed Constitutional phrase “freedom FROM religion” needs to be examined in its context.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Did you get that? The government shall not prohibit the exercise of religion.  In a day when public school children are read to from books like Heather Has Two Mommies a kid can’t read the Bible? Really?  The historical context is that the founders wanted our country to be free from a “state religion” such as the former state church, the “church of England” which later became the Anglican church.

My youngest daughter was reading Harry Potter the summer after kindergarten.  The book was about as big as she was, but then again, she knew every letter upper and lower-case by the time she was two, so was “reading level” really the issue?

There are far more dangerous and less wholesome activities that go on in our public schools now other than the reading of the Bible.  Perhaps if we would look at the context of our Constitution regarding the reading of this holy text we would not be so perplexed.

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