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Freedom of Religion - Part 3


• Can a public elementary school legally ban the Bible from the school library and prohibit a teacher from reading a Bible silently during classroom hours? These were the issues before a federal district court in Colorado. The court concluded that the school had acted improperly in banning the Bible from the school library. Noting that a school library is "a place where students must always remain free to inquire, to study and to evaluate," the court concluded that "it is inconceivable that the Bible should be excluded from a school library." Aside from maintaining a Bible in a public school library, the court emphasized that public schools can use the Bible "as part of a secular course of study." It observed: "A study of American history would be incomplete without reference to the Bible. The American revolution and the founding of our country cannot be taught without a discussion ...

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Richard R. Hammar is an attorney, CPA and author specializing in legal and tax issues for churches and clergy.

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  • July 1, 1989