ACLU protests distribution of Bibles at South Dakota school

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union is urging a central South Dakota school district to reverse its decision to allow the distribution of Bibles to fifth-graders.

The South Dakota chapter of the organization said Monday it wrote to the Miller School District detailing how U.S. courts have prohibited Bible distributions in public schools under a variety of circumstances.

"Under the Constitution schools cannot intentionally, or unintentionally, advance religion or become too entangled with religious groups," said a copy of the letter provided to the media. "The courts have repeatedly said that schools must also avoid favoring or appearing to favor a religious view, and they may not create any situation in which students feel coerced to participate in religion."

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