Thousands of students across America participated in “Bring Your Bible to School Day” on Thursday.
“I think kids should be allowed to bring their religious material to school if that’s what they feel like they should do,” said parent Jaida Gray of Grand Junction, Colo.
“I just think that we’ve lost what our country was founded on, and if we brought those (Bibles) back into the schools we would have less school shootings and happier kids in general,” she said.
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The event was launched last year by the Christian, pro-family organization, Focus on the Family.
“When we launched ‘Bring Your Bible to School Day’ last year as a way to empower and encourage public school students from kindergarten to college to express their faith freely, we had no idea God was going to do so much with the event in such a little time,” said Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, noting that 8,000 students participated in the event last year.
“We hear from many students who want to be open about their faith and exercise their religious freedoms at school, but don’t know they are allowed to,” said Candi Cushman, Focus on the Family education analyst. “When we let them know they don’t have to hide their beliefs, they feel empowered to do what’s always been on their hearts: to bring their Bibles to school and use their free time to publicly live out their faith. That’s why this event strikes a chord.”
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“Students have a legal right to bring their Bibles to school and read it during their free time. Some educators might not be aware of this right. In some cases, we’ve heard of administrators attempting to impose a “cultural censorship” of sorts that make students feel like their faith is unwelcome in public schools,” Daly said. “Whatever the case, too many students feel a quiet pressure to hide their faith – an integral part of who they are – while they’re in school.”
Some supporters of the event say it should continue all year.
“If I’m at kid who likes to read my Bible and I have free time, if I have a study hall, I should be able to take my Bible and open it and read it, if I want to say my prayers before I eat, or if I want to have a prayer personally, privately in school, I should have the freedom to do that,” said Pastor Randy Mills of Grand Junction.
h/t: Focus on the Family
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