Last week, it was North Little Rock High School, which promoted a Christian event in that city with posters and banners on the east campus.
This week, it’s Benton’s Ringgold Elementary that has run afoul of the First Amendment. For several years — at least six, principal Ann Kerr says — the school has allowed the Gideons, armed with copies of the New Testament and accompanied by the principal, to come speak to fifth graders about their evangelical work and make the copies of the Good News available to students to take home.
A parent complained. Superintendent Tony Prothro says the district’s “trying to figure out what to do,” and will consult with Arkansas School Board Association legal counsel.
What’s so hard to figure out? If the schools know that they can’t lead the children in Christian prayer, why don’t they know they can’t provide Bibles? How many Korans are the schools making available? How many folks in saffron robes are chanting Hare Krishna in the cafeterias? Are they hanging the welcome sign out for the Lubavitchers?