The massive, Washington-based American Humanist Association is claiming victory over a handful of middle school students who were meeting before class to study the Bible in Joplin, Missouri. The activists in the lobby group say they forced the school to cancel the Bible study by characterizing it as a deceptive activity that lured students with doughnuts.
According to the local Joplin Globe, the Bible study was canceled, for now, because it was out of compliance with school-board policy. Interim Supt. Norm Ridder said in the newspaper report that a review by the district found the program was a student-initiated activity, as the law requires, and that it complied with other district requirements, such as voluntary participation, not interfering with educational activities, not using public funds and not being promoted by a district employee. READ MORE