Georgia Elementary School Permits Gideons to Distribute Bibles, Atheists Threaten Legal Action
Russ JonesReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Dec 19
Cloverleaf Elementary School in Cartersville, Georgia is under attack from an atheist group for allowing Gideon’s International to offer Bibles on school property during school hours.
Gideons International is an evangelical Christian organization whose primary activity is distributing copies of the Bible free of charge.
After hearing from an angry parent, Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) contacted Bartow County School District objecting to the activity, according to Christian Today.
"I was just shocked that the school system would do that," parent Jessica Greene told 11 Alive Atlanta. "I tried to contact the superintendent. He has not returned my call."
Describing the process, one student explained that students could voluntarily go through a line if they wanted a free Bible.
At issue with the FFRF is that allegedly a girl was teased for not going through the line.
“[She] was teased and ostracized and forced to defend herself by saying that she 'believed in God, but in a different way,'" FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel said in a letter to the district.
Publication date: December 19, 2014