Cartersville, Georgia, mom Jessica Greene was alarmed when her fifth-grade son came home with something unexpected from his public school: a Bible. And when she tried to complain about it, other parents took the school’s side, Raw Story is reporting.
Eleven-year-old Leo Butler, Jessica’s son, was in class at Cloverleaf Elementary School last Thursday, when his teacher made an announcement, according to WXIA (Atlanta).
“We were in class and our teacher said these people have volunteered to hand out Bibles. She said there’s going to be a line in the library.”
The group handing out the Bibles that day are The Gideons, a private group known primarily for placing Bibles in hotel rooms throughout the world, but also hands them out to schools, hospitals, prisons, and the like.
Greene, who self-identifies as a Christian, said the students weren’t required to take a Bible, but those who didn’t want one were segregated from the rest of the kids and told to stand elsewhere in the library.
“I was just shocked the school system would do that. I tried to contact the superintendent, but he has not returned my calls.”
In fact, the school that handed out the Bibles didn’t return calls from the media, either, according to WXIA. Reporter Jeremy Campbell reports that he and his team left messages for Bartow County Superintendent John Harper over the course of three days, without getting a response.
The school did, however, respond to Jessica’s complaints via a Facebook message from the school.
“The Gideons are permitted to offer Bibles to students who wish to pick them up. It is strictly voluntary and the library was the location where students could pick one up; our librarian did not give them out. We appreciate your input. If you have further concerns, please contact administration during school hours. Thank you!”
The upset mom then took her issues to the school’s Facebook page. However, expecting to find support, she instead found that other parents took the side of the school. In comments that have since been removed, other parents seemed to almost unanimously support the handing out of Bibles in a public school, says Jessica.
“Some of the last comments I got before it was taken down from the page were ‘You’re out numbered here.'”
The Gideons aren’t the only private group that has taken an interest in handing out religious materials in public schools. A controversy is currently playing out in Florida’s public schools as The Satanic Temple attempts to gain permission to hand out Satanism-themed coloring and activity books in the state’s public elementary schools, according to this Inquisitr report.
Do you believe this Georgia mom was right to be upset that her son was given a Bible in public school, even though it was a private group that provided the Bible?
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