Atheists Win Right to Pass Out Literature at Florida High Schools

1 May


From The Washington Times:

If the Christians get to do it, then so should we. That was the winning argument of atheists who fought for access to several Florida high schools to distribute group documents — same as evangelicals did with Bibles in January.

“We want to close the door to religion in schools, not open it to Freethought,” said David Williamson, an organizer with the Central Florida Freethought Community, the Orlando Sentinel reported. “[But] if they’re going to have a religious discussion on campus, we need to be a part of it.”

The principals of several schools told the Orlando Sentinel that they were forced to allow the atheist groups to distribute materials on campus, or they would be sued. The schools’ legal counsel said in a letter that the Freedom From Religion Foundation had joined Mr. Williamson’s group in threatening a suit for equal access.

Adding fuel to the legal fire: The Bible distributions in January stemmed from a threat of a lawsuit, too. The Orlando Sentinel reported that World Changers of Florida, a group that promotes more religion in schools, warned it would sue unless its members were allowed to place Bibles on a table in a public place for students to take. The atheists have to follow the same rules — no interaction with students, the newspaper reported.

2 Responses to “Atheists Win Right to Pass Out Literature at Florida High Schools”

  1. Nan May 1, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    When will people realize that ANY kind of religious — or non-religious — promotion has no place in schools? I appreciate why this latest event has happened — and tend to support the idea of it — but essentially, both sides should get their hooks out of our young people and let the decide for themselves.

    • cdawkins May 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

      I agree. Religion should be something left to the children and their parents. Schools should worry more about teaching, not getting caught up in social and political issues.

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