- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 16, 2014

Focus on the Family, a Christian-based group, has launched a nationwide campaign for students across the nation to carry their Bibles to school on Thursday — an endeavor aimed at pressing the point that religious freedom is alive and well.

“Bring Your Bible to School Day” also encourages students to discuss the contents of the book with classroom colleagues during non-instructional time, The Blaze reported.

Focus on the Family isn’t the only group supporting the event.

“Christian students don’t abandon their constitutionally protected freedoms at the schoolhouse gate,” said Jeremy Tedesco, a lawyer with the Alliance Defending Freedom, another group on board with the campaign, The Blaze reported. “Their freedom to express their beliefs includes the right to bring their Bible to school, to read it during their free time and to engage in other activities as part of ‘Bring Your Bible to School Day.’”

The campaign comes as religious-rights groups across the nation have been contacted with stories about students being denied their rights to read the Bible in school during free time.

“Unfortunately, schools all too often censor religious expression for fear of violating the often misunderstood ‘separating of church and state,’ for dislike of religious viewpoints, or for a desire to avoid controversy,” a legal memo from the Alliance Defending Freedom stated.

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