July 30, 2014

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ACLU warns Kentucky schools to follow rules regarding Bible distribution

By Linda B. Blackford, Lexington Herald-Leader

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union warned Kentucky school districts Tuesday, Aug. 27 that they'll face a court challenge if they don't start following federal guidelines on distributing Bibles to students.

A letter dated Aug. 19 from ACLU staff attorney William Sharp said that despite past warnings, Bibles had been handed out by Gideons International in several elementary schools as recently as last year.

"Kentucky's public school officials have, at best, suffered from inconsistent adherence to clearly established First Amendment limits upon government endorsement of religion in the classroom," Sharp wrote.