Judge Deems School Bible Giveaways Unconstitutional

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New Orleans (AP) A school district in Louisiana plans to appeal a federal judge's order that it stop allowing in-school bible giveaways.

THE judge in New Orleans says the giveaways amount to school board promotion of Christianity, in violation of the separation of church and state.

The bibles were being given away by the Gideons International who'd set up a table outside the principal's office at a middle school. The principal e-mailed teachers, stressing that students didn't have to take one.

But the ACLU filed a lawsuit for a family whose daughter said she felt pressured into taking a bible even though she doesn't believe in god.

The judge wrote that even procedures upheld as neutral for secondary school students might be out of bounds for “an impressionable young elementary-age child.”