Man Gets into Trouble with the Law for Distributing Bibles on the Street

July 17, 2018Jul 17, 2018

In Illinois a man was targeted by an atheist organization for distributing Bibles on a street. According to Todd Starnes, the street is owned by the school district. 

The school sent a “cease and desist” letter to the man after The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based organization of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers, filed the complaint with the district over issues regarding religion at La Harpe Elementary School.

The first issue involved the unnamed man who distributed Bibles on school grounds on April 20. The FFRF accused Gideon’s, an international organization that distributes Bibles worldwide, as the culprit.

“This individual was warned that law enforcement would be called should he or any affiliated persons come onto the School District campus for the purpose of distributing Bibles to students,” an attorney for the La Harpe Community School District wrote in a letter to the FFRF.

The second issue involved flyers that the school’s principal, Lila McKeown, had reportedly distributed to teachers at staff meetings. The flyers referenced Christian holidays like Easter and Christmas and included Bible passages.

“Easter is the celebration of God’s greatest gift – salvation through Jesus Christ,” one of the flyers read. “Easter blessings! May you feel Christ’s Love in your Heart & be filled with his Peace & Joy this Easter Season.”

Another message read: “Isaiah 9:6-7 (“For unto us is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God.”

The school district responded to the FFRF through its attorney by saying that “Principal McKeown will no longer be placing Bible verses in any staff communication or any other School District correspondence or communications in the future.”

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