By David Tulis - Posted at NOOGANOMICS. LOCAL ECONOMY & FREE MARKETS:
The Gideon New Testament program is too much for a public school in a rural Tennessee county; the program must stop.
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? — 2 Corinthians 6:14
They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant. Thus judgment springs up like hemlock in the furrows of the field.— Hosea 10:4
A democratic program of education must necessarily rest on the perception that democracy is a challenge to all forms of absolutism, that it has its own standards, ideals, and values, and that these must pervade the entire program from end to end. — Boyd Henry Bode, progressive educator
Christians in a Southeast Tennessee county are drawing a line in the sand as official atheism consolidates itself.
Unwittingly they are finding themselves that their chief opponent is not on the other side of the line, but on the same.
Wherever the state has maintained control over an area of government given to the family, the process is like that in Pikeville, Tenn.
One can see progress toward dechristianization in Bledsoe County, where a complaint about has brought giveaways Gideon giveaways of the New Testament (with Psalms and Proverbs) to a halt.
“By law public schools cannot impose or promote religion,” a news report about the conflict says, and the school system is blocking the Gideons.
“Bledsoe County Schools do not allow the distribution of religious materials from any religious groups,” Supt. Jennifer Terry says. “The distribution of religious materials in a public school is in violation of constitutional provisions and well established federal and state laws and precedence.”