FFRF rids Kentucky school of Gideons (Nov. 30, 2012)

Representatives of the Gideons International will no longer be allowed to distribute bibles in Grant County (Ky.) Schools after a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

A concerned parent contacted FFRF after her child was taken out of class to receive a bible. Senior Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert contacted Superintendent Ron Livingood, writing that “Grant Count Schools may not allow Gideons, or any other religious group, to enter school property to distribute religious literature.” Markert also pointed out that by allowing Gideons to distribute bibles to young students, the district was “impermissibly endorsing religion by placing its ‘stamp of approval’ on the religious messages contained in the bible.”

Livingood responded on Nov. 30, 2012, indicating that he had met with district principals and instructed them not to permit Gideons in the schools or on school property.

Freedom From Religion Foundation