Parent challenges ‘Bible in the Schools’ with appeal

A parent challenging Bible classes in Mercer County has filed an appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) announced Tuesday.

The Wisconsin-based group Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. filed a lawsuit against the Mercer County Board of Education in January 2017 seeking to end the Bible in the Schools program based on the claim it violated the First Amendment.

Months later Mercer County Schools terminated the employment of all Bible in the Schools teachers and the Mercer County Board of Education later voted to suspend the program for at least a year to ensure thorough review and modification to the program.

Elizabeth Deal, a parent challenging Bible classes in Mercer County, filed an appeal Monday before the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., according to an FFRF press release issued Tuesday. The appellate brief filed by attorney Marc Schneider and Freedom From Religion Foundation Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott argued that Deal and her daughter may continue to pursue claims against the school district even though her daughter is now attending a neighboring school system. BLUEFIELD DAILY TELEGRAPH

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