North Carolina Public Schools Under Fire for Bible Classes

| by Michael Allen

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to the Rowan-Salisbury School District in North Carolina calling for an end to Bible classes in three elementary schools.

According to WBTV, the FFRF said the Bible classes are paid for by local churches and non-profit organizations, but are held at the schools during normal school hours.

"Under firm Supreme Court precedent, such outside funding does not relieve the school of its obligation to ensure secular education," the FFRF stated in its letter.

The FFRF claims that one unidentified teacher gave students "examples of ‘God's plan' that ‘clearly' showed the universe was created with a purpose."

The teacher reportedly presented "supposed examples" of Bible predictions of scientific discoveries, noted the FFRF.

"It is appalling that the District would take away from instructional time to indoctrinate children in Christian dogma," said FFRF lawyer Patrick Elliott in a press release. "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."

The Rowan-Salisbury School District said it received the letter and is consulting with its lawyers.

The FFRF noted the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of McCollum v. Board of Education in 1948, which found that a Champaign, Ill., Bible class for public school students was unconstitutional because the public school organized and supported the religious class (video below).

Sources:, Wikipedia, WBTV (Image Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker)