WV School District Temporarily Suspends Bible Indoctrination Classes for Kids

May 30, 2017

By Hemant Mehta

An elective Bible course offered in West Virginia’s Mercer County Schools has been suspended for a year while administrators decide whether it’s actually legal, the result of a lawsuit from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Some background on the issue: The Mercer County Schools have been offering “elective” Bible courses at the elementary and middle school levels for the past 75 years, but students who don’t participate in the courses are basically treated like pariahs and bullied by their peers.

What made the courses illegal, in FFRF’s mind, wasn’t that the District was teaching about the Bible as literature. This was indoctrination, pure and simple, and their lawsuit laid out the evidence for that claim:

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