The Freedom From Religion Foundation says that the Rowan-Salisbury School District in North Carolina “must immediately drop” Bible classes offered in three of its elementary schools — classes the FFRF says are unconstitutional.
The classes, 45-minute weekly sessions — are held during regular school hours and on school grounds, but are funded by local church groups.
FFRF lawyer Patrick Elliott said in a press release that, “It is appalling that the District would take away from instructional time to indoctrinate children in Christian dogma.” He added, “The district’s ill-advised decision to offer elementary bible classes calls into question the legitimacy of the bible classes also being taught in the middle schools and high school.”
According to WBTV,
The FFRF says they received a report about one specific session in which the teacher presented the Bible as literal fact.
The group said that the teacher taught the children about a seven-day creation, gave “examples of ‘God’s plan’ that ‘clearly’ showed the universe was created with a purpose,” and gave the students what the FFRF calls “supposed examples” of the Bible predicting scientific discoveries.
Students are not required to participate in the classes, but the FFRF says that is a nonissue because “suggesting that children who do not wish to be subjected to religious activity at their school should be segregated from their classmates is reprehensible.”
The district has not commented on the matter, but confirmed that they did receive the letter.
Watch a report on the controversial classes, below: