Dan Noll, the principal of White Oak High School in Texas, was recently caught on tape quoting and misquoting Bible verses to students as part of each morning's announcements.
While student-led religious activities are allowed in public schools, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that school-sponsored religious activities are illegal.
While many residents in White Oak support the school-sponsored Bible readings, Sam Grover, an attorney for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, told KLTV (video below), "It doesn't matter about what the majority feels. The constitution is designed to protect the minority from the tyranny of the majority."
In response to the Bible readings, the FFRF sent a letter to the White Oak Independent School District requesting that the Bible readings by Noll stop.
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School district superintendent Michael Gilbert admitted in a blog on Tuesday that the Bible readings were taking place and that he supported the practice:
Let me also be clear that we have not (in my opinion) violated anyone’s rights and/or subjected anyone to undue stress. Bible studies and scriptures are allowed in schools. The requirement is that the material be presented in a neutral manner. It is my position that we met that standard with the morning announcements.
My recommended response to the FFRF is, “I’m sorry you feel that way. I will be praying for you and your staff daily.”
Finally, as a Christian Brother, it will not promote the values we hold so dear to assail those that disagree with the Gospel. We will state our case. We will make sure our rights are just as protected as anyone else that lives in this great country. We will continue to provide for all the needs of our students and we will do so while traveling the High Road. Don’t get drawn into a game of words that has no “winner.”
Please do not waste your time and effort on these few detractors.