West Virginia school district wants Bible program suit nixed
A West Virginia school district is again asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that targets its “Bible in the Schools” program, saying a new parent who has joined the lawsuit lacks legal standing because she put her child in a different school district almost a year ago.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/2pIN3A9 ) that Mercer County schools filed the motion in Bluefield federal court. They previously asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit last month.
In January, Freedom From Religion Foundation Inc. filed the lawsuit against the Mercer County Board of Education, Mercer County Schools and Superintendent Deborah Akers.
The Wisconsin-based group is representing an unnamed parent of a Mercer County kindergarten student. Patrick Elliot, an attorney with the group, said the amended lawsuit seeks to end the Bible program.
The lawsuit says the parent who sued is an atheist and wants to raise her child without religion, but the child risks ostracism if she doesn’t take the optional Bible classes.