By Tyson Thorne

January 16, 2019

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"Media" used to mean "print media" like books and newspapers, but the world has grown. Today media can also mean radio, television and movies delivered to personal computers, tablets and cell phones. As the world's best selling book of all time the Bible continues to make headlines, both good and bad, across all forms of media. The FFRF attempts to bully public schools (again) while Ken Ham offers those same schools liberty and protection, a California school violates student's first amendment rights, and Florida schools will start classes on religion and the Bible due to a democrat bill.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is attempting to bully public schools again, sending letters to 1,000 school districts warning them against taking field trips to either the Ark Encounter Park or the Creation Museum. Both the park and museum are entities spawned by creationist Ken Ham and his Answers in Genesis organization. Ken Ham has pushed back, however, offering public schools free field trips to both locations and the protection of his lawyers should the FFRF try to sue. In a statement to FOX News Ham said, "I would like to see some public schools and public parks stand up to them and not succumb to their bullying and intimidation.” As would we, Ken, as would we...

...But it's unlikely since public schools are notoriously anti-Christian themselves — to the point of violating the US Constitution. John R. Peterson Elementary School in Huntington Beach, California forbade students from passing out flyers announcing the "Bring Your Bible to School" day, an annual event that occurs in October and is sponsored by Focus on the Family. The two students who wanted to promote the day are brothers and have found representation by Freedom X, a religious legal group. Bill Becker, president of Freedom X, stated in a prepared statement, “Students, regardless of grade level, have a First Amendment right to express a religious viewpoint to another student, including the right to distribute religious flyers, without fear. One wonders how school administrators come to believe that the voluntary expression of religious viewpoints in a public school is somehow forbidden but everything else (including the perverse indoctrination of LGBT propaganda) is permissible.” Wonder no more Bill, public schools are run by secularists and this is simply basic operating procedure. Now, go get 'em!

In our "mixed nuts" story of the week, Florida has passed a bill requiring schools to to offer classes on religion and the Bible. It sounds okay on the surface, the bill stating that curriculum must adhere to federal standards, that teachers cannot promote or cast aspersions on any religion or its teaching. The courses are electives, not required, and include materials on the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. The bill also allots time during the school day for "meditation". I have reservations that the public schools can do justice to such materials and think that many will take advantage of the opportunity to speak about religion in less than glowing terms and promote secularism instead. But there is something else that bothers me. The bill was filed by Kemberly Daniel, a Florida House Democrat. The democrat party isn't known for its kind treatment of Christians or Jews, making me wonder if this bill is a kind of Trojan horse. First implement studies in the traditionally accepted religions, then add courses on the Koran and Islam with breaks for prayer. The bill — now law — takes effect on July 1st of this year.

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