Madison, Wisconsin atheists protest Bible clubs in W. Virginia schools

NEWS AND SENTINEL – A national organization supporting the separation of church and state says there are constitutional violations in Wood County Schools.

The Freedom from Religion Foundation said Thursday it has received reports schools have allowed teachers and outside adults to facilitate religious instruction during the school day in elementary schools.

The foundation in a release said The Warehouse Church in Parkersburg and teachers created Bible clubs. The church created the clubs earlier this year and students were recruited during lunch time, the foundation said.

“The Bible club, ‘Generation NXT,’ has openly admitted that teachers and principals ‘have stepped up to either start or join a NXT Club in their School!!!’” The clubs take place during the school day during lunch period on Tuesday and that “9-to-11-year-olds have reportedly been targeted as participants in the Bible groups,” the foundation said.

“Based on the reports we received, Generation NXT promotional materials and the capacity of elementary school students to create, organize and implement an in-school religious organization, it is apparent that adults have abused their position to proselytize within your schools,” a letter dated Nov. 16 to Wood County Schools Superintendent William Hosaflook from Patrick C. Elliott, senior counsel for the foundation, said.

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