A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Midland federal court calls for the Ector County Independent School District to do away with the Bible curriculum implemented in August on the grounds that it violates individual religious liberties.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Texas, People For the American Way Foundation and national law firm Jenner & Block LLP filed the lawsuit on behalf of eight ECISD parents who say they don’t agree with how the Bible class is taught.
In a news conference Wednesday, Lisa Graybill, legal director for the ACLU of Texas, said for students to learn a “literal truth” about the sacred text without acknowledging other religions surrounding it presents a problem constitutionally.
“It’s not that the Bible can’t be taught in schools,” she said. “It has to be done constitutionally.”
She added many parents have attempted to sit in on the class and haven’t been allowed the opportunity.
ECISD trustee L.V. “Butch” Foreman III said he didn’t understand how the parents could have an argument in the case if none had children taking the classes.
“If they don’t have children in the class, they can kiss my butt,” Foreman said. “They’re just looking to impose their beliefs and their views on everybody, and we don’t put up with that crap out here.”
L.V. "Butch" Foreman III, Odessa (Texas) American Online 32 Comments
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