Article Title

State says district improperly used Bible in classroom

Authors

Newspaper

The Oregonian (Portland)

Date

11-2-1989

Challenged Material

The Bible

Reading Level

adult, young adult, children

Location

Astoria, Oregon

Participants

Verne Duncan, Stevie Remington, Judy Hogan, John Stuckey

Outcome

Lessons were placed under review

Abstract

Superintendent Verne Duncan has stated that the Lewis and Clark school district has violated the separation of church and state. The lessons that caused the ruling are currently not being taught but if the lessons resume the superintendent has said that the state would have to cease funding to the district. A complaint was filed against the lessons by the American Civil Liberties Union. A parent expressed concerns over the material being taught. District Superintendent John Stuckey said that the lessons were focused on the Bible only for its literary and historical qualities. It was being used to trace the beginning of phrases that are used in common speech. Law says that the Bible can be used in the classroom but Duncan states that the way the lessons were being presented showed the presence of religion.

Keywords

censorship, religion

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