Bible gift to Louisiana 5th-graders prompts ACLU lawsuit

ACLU: School violated rights

May 18, 2007 – Post

TANGIPAHOA PARISH, Louisiana – A federal civil rights lawsuit filed Thursday charges that Loranger Middle School administrators lined up all fifth-graders at the Tangipahoa Parish school earlier this month and improperly allowed Gideons International representatives to hand each child a pocket Bible.

The suit was brought in U.S. District Court at New Orleans, by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Roman Catholic parents of a fifth-grader given one of the Bibles on May 9.

The students were brought in front of the school office during class time. Two men inside a school hallway gave out the Bibles as they said “God, bless you,” the suit alleges and ACLU officials said.

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