Bringing a Bible to school is only the start of ways that students can exercise their religious freedom in school
- Stacy Long
Students are Bringing Their Bibles to School This Week
“I was hesitant that if I brought my Bible to school, what are people going to say to me? What am I going to be treated like? I was like I’ll just do it, and if I get told otherwise, then I’ll have proof to say that I can,” Brytney shared.
This Thursday, October 8, students will have an opportunity to learn their First Amendment rights through practical experience. At the same time, they may be able to testify to their faith and grow in their spiritual walk. It is National Bring Your Bible to School Day, a student-led movement sponsored by Focus on the Family.
A video on the event website shares the rest of Brytney’s experience. It also provides a simple three-step plan to put into action: first, sign up to receive a guide and promotional materials; second, share the guide and spread the word on social media; and third, bring your Bible to school on October 8.
The game plan seems simple, but the lesson is powerful. Students get a taste of exercising religious freedom and understanding their constitutional rights while getting to celebrate openly the importance of God’s Word in their lives. Legal rights and activities are carefully outlined on the website.
Since the event is student-led and voluntary, it is legally permissible for students to bring their Bible to school or talk about their faith as long as it does not disrupt instructional time. However, the goal is not to shove one’s faith in other students’ faces. Students participating in Bring Your Bible to School Day are encouraged to remain confident but to be respectful and courteous in whatever situations arise.
The Bring Your Bible to School webpage also has suggestions for responding to challenges, helpfully outlined in the format of questions and possible answers. If legal action becomes necessary, the website provides information for networking with attorneys of Alliance Defending Freedom.
The concept of Bring Your Bible to School Day should not be taken for granted because it is inspired by real-life events where students have gotten into trouble for just such simple actions as bringing a Bible to school, praying at school events, or sharing faith verbally or in written form. Bringing a Bible to school is only the start of ways that students can exercise their religious freedom in school, and Bring Your Bible to School Day is an excellent way to begin the conversation that is very needed among parents, students, teachers, and school administrators.
The ultimate goal for the Bring Your Bible event is that the ideas it sets in motion do not last for only one day, but that student conversations about faith and religious freedom, and appropriate responses from schools and parents to allow and protect that freedom, will spread and continue through all the days of the year.