One day each week, first-, second- and third-grade students in four elementary schools are escorted off campus, during school hours, for voluntary half-hour Christian lessons and activities at nearby churches.
Some parents are asking the Staunton, Virginia, School Board to eliminate or modify the program, saying that children who opt out are stigmatized and have little to do during the time.
Jack Hinton, president of the local religious education group, attributed the opposition to a small minority, many of them newcomers to the valley.
Rutherford President John Whitehead said ...
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1952 that allowing public school pupils to be released to religious classes doesn't violate the constitutional separation of church and state. "In fact, such programs are wholly consistent with the First Amendment and this nation's religious heritage," he said.