A public school in Michigan, the cancellation of an off-site Bible class after a parent complained — and yet school administrators are reviewing the study for possible reinstatement.
Children at Daisy Brook Elementary School, a public elementary school in Fremont, Michigan, no longer have the option to attend a “Bible Release Time” class held at the local Fremont Wesleyan Church.
This set off a riot among the parents who had enrolled their children in the classroom.
“I don’t agree with it because I do not believe it is a violation of the First Amendment,” parent ” TerVeer told Fox 17 West Michigan. “It is not on the school grounds. Parents report their children. It is completely optional.”
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The Michigan Association of Civil rights Activists wrote a complaint letter to the officials of the school, says the Bible class must go to the local news source reported.
“Bible Release Time is a program that is allowed by Michigan law, where the children come from school classes during school hours to attend religious instruction at a nearby location,” a flyer for the class notes. “Pastor John Perkins will be performing the Bible Release Time class in the Newago and Kent Counties.”
A school collects the children from school to take to the church, where the Reverend John Perkins leads the research.
For the fourth-grade students at Daisy Brook, the class was held once a month during the afternoon hours, according to the flyer. Parents must give permission for the children to attend.
The Bible class “is clearly designed for the promotion and support of a particular religion, the pastor, and the church, and is therefore an unconstitutional endorsement of religion,” the Michigan Association of Civil rights Activists wrote in a Facebook post on May 17. “Such programs are discriminatory and in violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.”
About 100 of the 400 students at Daisy Brook attend the Bible class, reported WZZM 13 News, a local ABC affiliate TV station. In Michigan, the public school students are allowed two hours per week to attend religious instruction outside of school.
“Because other religions do not offer this kind of things at school, it is unfair to take it away from the Christian religion,” parent TerVeer told WZZM 13. “I have my children in a Christian family, my whole life, and I would like to continue.”
Ken durkin’s, the school district superintendent, hopes to continue the program in the future.
“It was recommended by the school’s lawyers to stop the program for the rest of the year, so we take the time to ensure that everything is done correctly,” durkin’s listed.
Yet, the advocacy organization that originally filed the complaint won’t back down.
“Superintendent Ken Sorry just don’t get,” the Michigan Association of Civil rights Activist (MACRA) wrote on her Facebook page on May 18. “White Christian privilege is ingrained in his DNA. The ‘Bible of the Release of’ program has been cancelled for now, but in the autumn, MACRA will take place Daisy Brook on the list of schools for special supervision to ensure the ongoing compliance of the law and the Constitution.”