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ICC Note: The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has stepped in to defend more than 150 Kentucky schools after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue the schools for refusing to ban the distribution of Gideon Bibles. The ADF points out that Kentucky schools allow other groups to distribute literature in a “free exchange of ideas” and cannot legally single out the Gideon Bibles to be banned. The case is only one of many examples where any dissemination of Christian ideas in public is being challenged by atheist and other groups around the country.
7/16/2013 United States (Charisma) – Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has sent 174 school districts in Kentucky a legal letter after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) threatened them with litigation if any of them refuse to ban Gideon Bible distribution at their schools. The letter corrects the ACLU’s arguments that such distribution is unconstitutional.
Also signing the letter are eight Kentucky attorneys who are among the nearly 2,300 ADF allied attorneys worldwide.
“Public schools should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas,” says litigation staff counsel Rory Gray. “That’s why the schools frequently allow a wide array of groups to distribute literature of various sorts to students. Singling out the Gideons while allowing other groups to distribute literature would be clearly unconstitutional.”
The ADF letter explains that “federal cases have consistently affirmed private citizens’ right to share religious literature at public school on equal terms with those distributing non-religious literature.”
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, which has jurisdiction over Kentucky, has specifically agreed with other court decisions upholding “the Gideons’ ability to distribute literature to secondary school students on equal terms with secular groups.”

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