A school district in Sylacauga, Alabama, had a couple of assemblies this week. That doesn’t sound like a big deal, right? Well, they were Bible rallies.
Christopher Line, a legal fellow at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, said that the assembly was called “BREAKTHROUGH.” The parent who tipped them off said:
“Bibles were distributed to students as they entered the gym for the performance and that both the principal and vice principal were present for this event.”
The first assembly was held at Nichol Lawson Middle School on August 11. A similar assembly was held a few days later at Sylacauga High School.
People were quick to celebrate that mixture of church and state as well. Here is a Facebook video about it:
Yes, the assemblies were optional, but they were happening during the school day.
“These proselytizing assemblies are not only a violation of student and parental rights, they needlessly subject the school district to significant legal liability.”
“… Furthermore, It is unconstitutional for public school districts to permit outsiders to distribute bibles as part of the public school day. Courts have uniformly held that the distribution of bibles to students at public schools during instructional time is prohibited.”
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking the school district to explain in writing how they will address this issue, so it will never happen again. It’s not just this complaint. Last month, Attorney Sam Grover wrote to the Superintendent saying that he needs to stop opening the Board of Education meetings with prayers.
Here is a video of one of the assemblies:
Featured image via YouTube screenshot.