A West Virginia school district is sued for the offering of an elective Bible class has filed a motion to dismiss the suit brought by an atheist group.
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Mercer County Schools has been sued by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion foundation for offering a course called “Bible in Schools” since 1939.
The First Liberty Institute, a Texas-based law firm, filed the motion to dismiss earlier this week on behalf of the school district.
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In their motion, in the First Freedom stated that the FFRF lawsuit should be dismissed because the plaintiffs lack the standing to complain about the Mercer County Schools.
“The damages Plaintiffs allege are purely speculative, as a result of choices that the [Plaintiffs] say that they may have in the future, and a related fear of a potential exclusion that is grounded only in speculation, not in reality,” read the motion.
In January, the FFRF filed a lawsuit against the Mercer County Schools to offer an elective Bible course that is available in a capacity since 1939.
FFRF filed the suit in U. S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Bluefield Division on behalf of an unnamed parent who is raising her child as an atheist.
“This program further, and agree with one religion, improperly entangled in public schools in religious matters, and in conflict with the personal conscience of the non-religious and non-Christian parents and students,” read the lawsuit.
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