School administrators in Texas face a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of three students, accusing the school district of refusing to allow children to carry or read the Bible.
The lawsuit, filed in Houston, alleges that a teacher pulled two sisters from class after discovering that they were carrying Bibles and threatened to have them picked up by child-welfare authorities.
Another teacher told a pupil he was not allowed to read the Bible during free reading time and forced him to put it away, the lawsuit alleges. The boy also was required to remove a Ten Commandments book cover from another book, the lawsuit states.
"My daughters called me, were hysterical, and said, 'Mama, they took our Bibles and called them garbage and threw them in the garbage and then threatened to call Child Protective Services,' " said Deborah Bedenbender, 37, a Willis homemaker.
Not only do actions by teachers and administrators described above hurt Christians, they also send a message to non-believing children and parents that there is something wrong with believing in a saving Jesus Christ, and that such expressions of faith should be hidden from public view. In essence, these government officials are telling Christians that they should be ashamed of their beliefs and they should cower in their homes secretly reading Scripture. However, there is a new movement within the Body of Jesus that couples Bible-reading Christianity with modern communications. Beginning Monday, March 1, individuals from the United States and the world can participate in the first-ever online video Bible. They can simply film themselves reading or quoting Scripture passages and then upload their videos to the new “I Am Not Ashamed” campaign web site, (www.iamnotashamed.org).
The campaign launches simultaneously on the Internet and on television, with commercial spots featuring participants quoting Bible verses. These individuals come from all walks of life – different backgrounds, nationalities, political affiliations, ages, gender and culture – but hold in common a respect and appreciation for the relevance of God’s Word in today’s culture. These commercial spots will run nationally on the Fox News Channel, FoxNews.com, and MSNBC.com March 1 – April 25.
Iamnotshamed.org is an evangelistic arm of the successful AnswersInGenesis.org, an organization that strives to carry the word of God to every corner of the earth.