April 13, 2007
By NATHAN BURCHFIEL
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday heard arguments in a case that will decide whether a leading Bible distribution group will be allowed to hand out the religious texts at public schools.
The Gideons International, the 108-year-old missionary organization best known for its Bible distribution program, passed out Bibles to students in the South Iron R-1 School District in Missouri under the district’s policy allowing the open distribution of non-educational material.
But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed suit, prompting District Judge Catherine Perry to issue a preliminary injunction last September halting the Bible distribution.
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