Updating our previous story about a fifth grader told by his teacher he could not read his Bible during free time, school lawyers for Broward County Public Schools have now gotten involved and changed their story.
They now say that the time in question is not free reading time, but instead Accelerated Reader Program time. During this period, students can only read certain approved books, and the Bible is not among them. Hence, Broward County Public Schools will continue banning the Bible.
However, Liberty Institute lawyer Jeremy Dys investigated the program. He reports that contrary to the school’s claim, almost all of the Bible’s 66 books are approved for the Accelerated Reader Program.
The boy’s lawyers are demanding the school lift the ban by May 19 or face a federal lawsuit for violating the First Amendment.
Liberty Institute’s letter to Broward County Public Schools can be read in its entirety below: