In some encouraging news out of the red state South, a school district in Oklahoma rejected plans to offer a religious course sponsored by Hobby Lobby intended to be part of the district’s curriculum.
The Mustang Public School District initially planned to offer “The Book: The Bible’s History, Narrative and Impact” as a religious elective after being lobbied by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green back in April.
But after an outcry from activist groups, the district changed its mind.
In a statement, the Freedom from Religion Foundation rejected Hobby Lobby’s attempt to “proselytize in the Oklahoma public schools.”
Hobby Lobby CEO Steve Green is heavily involved in promoting the Christian curriculum. The first email record obtained by FFRF is an email from Green to Mustang Superintendent Sean McDaniel. Later, Green instructed McDaniel “not to provide any information [to media] at this time.” For his part, McDaniel kept Green personally informed (“Just wanted to keep you in the loop“) with progress reports. Green, CEO of a multibillion dollar corporation, even scheduled meetings with McDaniel for people working on the curriculum and meetings occurred at Hobby Lobby headquarters.
FFRF also charged that Green “helped the school board circumvent Oklahoma Open Meeting Laws.”
In response, Mustang School District Superintendent Sean McDaniel assured that the course is no longer in the works.
“In summary, the topic of a Bible course in the Mustang School District is no longer a discussion item nor is there a plan to provide such a course in the foreseeable future,” McDaniel said in an email.
He claimed that Hobby Lobby prevented the school district to review the final curriculum, even refusing to “provide legal coverage for the course.”
h/t: Raw Story