|Published:||Jul 02, 2010 2:38 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 01, 2010 11:40 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - The Collier County School District is being sued after they ban Bibles from their campuses.
One group who wants to distribute them said that's a violation of their rights. The group is called 'World Changers.' They distribute Bibles to Collier County students once a year on Religious Freedom Day, but this year, the group is not welcome.
No Bibles are wanted here. The superintendent of Collier County Schools made that decision after years of allowing Jerry Rutherford to distribute the Bibles one day a year. Rutherford said it's harmless.
"We just put the Bibles on the table with an explanation - these are free Bibles. We don't talk to anyone. We keep the school rules."
Now school officials claim Bibles do not provide any educational benefit to the students and can't be given out on campus. Even a disclaimer like ones used before won't work.
"The Collier County school system is neither endorsing or backing this event, so all the legal entanglements are taken care of in that disclaimer - so there's no reason why we shouldn't be able to do it."
Horatio Mihet served the school district legal papers citing discrimination saying other non-profit organizations are allowed to distribute reading material.
"Once you open up a forum to community groups, you cannot exclude some groups just because they happen to have a religious belief."
Mihet said the separation of church and state does not apply in this case.
"Because it is not the school board who is distributing these Bibles. It is a private community group."
WINK News tried to talk to the Collier County School District about the lawsuit, but would not comment because it is pending litigation.