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 Legal Battle For Right To Read Bible During Recess

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Legal Battle For Right To Read Bible During Recess

A federal court has been asked to order a Knoxville, Tennessee, elementary school to stop prohibiting a ten-year-old student from reading his Bible during recess.

Luke Whitson and his parents have filed a motion for preliminary injunction against Knox County School officials, who allegedly threatened to punish the boy for reading his Bible during recess at Karns Elementary School. The district claims the Bible reading jeopardizes student safety and that, because recess is not "free time," they can prohibit Bible reading during that time.

But Whitson's attorney, Nate Kellum with the Alliance Defense Fund, says school officials are wrong to claim reading the Bible on a school playground violates the so-called "separation of church and state."

"What Luke wants to do only involves his speech. It does not involve government speech; there are no school officials that are involved. This was student-initiated; Luke and his friends initiated this. This is student-led; only Luke and his friends wanted to do this," the attorney explains. "So there's absolutely no concerns of a violation of the Establishment Clause -- yet this is what the school is operating under."

Kellum contends that school officials have a "fundamental misunderstanding" of the Constitution, which he points out prohibits the wholesale banning of Bible during recess -- not the reading of it. Young Luke, he says, merely wants the school to recognize his free-speech rights.

"We need relief," Kellum states. "Luke is in the fifth grade at the elementary school, which represents the last year that Luke will have at this school, and he yearns to be able to read the Bible during recess. There are other kids that are reading their 'American Girl Doll' magazines, yet others that are reading their 'Harry Potter' books. Luke wants to get in the corner of the playground and read his Bible."

Whitson and his parents filed a federal lawsuit -- Whitson v. Knox County Board of Education -- against the Knox County School District in June. They are seeking a preliminary injunction so the ten-year-old can read the Bible with classmates on the playground as the case progresses.


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Josh Parsley

 2005/9/27 14:24Profile
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 Re: Legal Battle For Right To Read Bible During Recess

Pro 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go...

Amen! When I have kids I hope mine want to read their Bible at recess!


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Josh Parsley

 2005/9/27 14:27Profile









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wow, that's crazy

 2005/9/27 15:06
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The district claims the Bible reading jeopardizes student safety

:-?


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Mike Compton

 2005/9/27 15:08Profile









 Re: Legal Battle For Right To Read Bible During Recess

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Luke Whitson and his parents have filed a motion for preliminary injunction against Knox County School officials, who allegedly threatened to punish the boy for reading his Bible during recess at Karns Elementary School.



"allegedly".

When I first read your post, I thought to myself, 'how stupid are these school officials to mess with an earnest young man who just desires the Word?"

But then the more I looked thru the article I realized that the school district hasn't taken any action, so what gives? whats the truth?

I'm want to look up the Alliance Defense Fund......you know what it all boils down to, that is in my heart, I don't trust some of the 'foot soliders' in the 'culture wars' as James Dobson has called it. Don't trust 'em at all..

Brother, where did this article come from?

 2005/9/27 21:04









 further digging

it seems it was a parent that had a problem with this dear young man, and then the principal dug in his/her heels....oh boy, teh devil overdoes hisself constantly.

http://www.alliancedefensefund.org/news/story.aspx?cid=3448

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Attorneys with ADF represent 10-year-old student Luke Whitson and his parents.  Unable to resolve the matter with the principal, Whitson’s parents contacted district officials via legal counsel to express their concern over the principal’s actions and to explain the unconstitutional nature of the school’s practices.  The district failed to respond, leaving the Whitsons with no choice but to file suit.  A news release from the district did not address the Whitson’s central question regarding the matter.

 2005/9/27 21:10









 Re: further digging

It always starts with 'one parent'. That's what happened with 'Under God' ...gezz.

 2005/9/28 14:41
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It came from [url=http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/9/262005a.asp]http://headlines.agapepress.org/archive/9/262005a.asp[/url]


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