Privately Funded Bible Elective Struck Down By Federal Court

A Christian-based Bible study elective with 80 years tradition behind it is in the crosshairs of a legal challenge that progressed to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. The program was privately funded through a nonprofit organization called Bluefield Bible Study Fund. (Wikimedia photo)

The Christian Post – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturned a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed against a West Virginia county for offering Bible classes in its middle and elementary schools.

On Monday, the Fourth Circuit sided with parent Elizabeth Deal, who sued on behalf of her daughter to stop the county from allowing the “Bible in Schools” program to be taught in Mercer County, a program that had been in county schools for nearly 80 years before it was suspended last year.

The elective program provided 30 minutes of weekly Bible instruction for elementary school students and 45 minutes for middle school students.

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