Religion in Society

Parents Pull Children Out of School When Atheist Books Are Handed Out

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Last Friday, several parents in Casey County, Ky., kept their kids home because of a book that was given out at schools by the Tri-State Freethinkers, an atheist group.

The book, Humanism, What’s That? A Book for Curious Kids, encourages children to use science to find the answers in life. The book was given away at three elementary schools.

“Our attendance was probably not as good as it normally is,” Liberty Elementary School Principal Boyd Harris told The Advocate Messenger. “We feel like there may be some connection there."

Parents walked into Jones Park Elementary School last Thursday and
demanded to see the table where the atheist books were going to be displayed.

“We’re here to defend God and his glory,” said one mom, who didn't give her name.

According to WKYT, the Freethinkers chose Casey County because Gideons International, a Christian organization, gave out Bibles at the same schools.

The ACLU sent the school district a letter on behalf of Freethinker's President Jim G. Helton for the same opportunity to give out atheist books.

Helton said that school officials didn't give his group any problems.

“The people we talked to were very polite and professional, there were no issues there whatsoever,” Helton stated.

The Freethinkers left five copies of their book at the schools after classes on Thursday to avoid speaking to students on Friday during school hours.

“It should be empowering for [parents] to say what they believe in,” added Freethinker Torey Glassmeyer. “This is a chance for them to talk to their children about their beliefs.”

Sources: The Advocate Messenger and WKYT

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