NASHVILLE, TN – A Tennessee school district has agreed to end the promotion of religion by teachers and officials during school hours.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee announced the settlement after the Cheatham County school board voted on Monday night to approve it. The ACLU sued the school district in November after six months of negotiations failed.
The settlement prohibits the distribution of Bibles during the school day and bars school officials from citing “the Bible or other sacred texts as authority for historical or scientific fact.”
ACLU of Tennessee executive director Hedy Weinberg has said that for religion in school to be legal it must be student-led and cannot be compulsory.
Faith and the Law note:
The school should have contacted ADF or Liberty Counsel or ACLJ as on the face this agreement is unconstitutional as ACLU does not understand the First Amendment.