Bight a Pop Tart so that it looks like a gun and you’ll be expelled. Read a Bible during free reading time, and it will be treated like Lady Chatterly’s Lover. Officials at Broward County Public Schools went along with a teacher who told fifth grader Giovanni Rubeo that he could not read his Bible during free reading time. Swornia Thomas, who teaches 5th grade at Park Lakes Elementary School in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, is Giovanni’s teacher. “On April 8, Thomas told Giovanni he’s not allowed to read the Bible in her class and ordered him to put it away.” Giovanni had the good sense to refer the incident to his father and requested that the teacher call him. Thomas left the following message on the Rubeo family’s voicemail:
“I noticed that he [Giovanni] has a book—a religious book—in the classroom. He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.”
Who knows what other ignorant things this teacher is teaching these children. Obviously it’s not anything about the First Amendment or the religious history of America. I wonder what books have been removed from the library because of their religious content. The assault on the First Amendment is coming from everywhere. Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wants to revise it and so does Democrat Senator Charles Schumer. How is it possible that the president of the United States can take the oath of office with his hand on a Bible — something presidents have done since George Washington — but public school children can’t read the book that created Western Civilization as Vishal Mangawaldi points out in his book The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization? American history can’t be taught without acknowledging the Bible since it was fundamental to the founding of this nation. How is it possible to tell the story of the Pilgrims and Puritans without mentioning the Bible? The colonists and seamen who set sail from England and settled in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607 carried the Geneva Bible with them. It was fundamental to their worldview as it was for those at Massachusetts Bay. “The Embarkation of the Pilgrims” painting that hangs in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol, depicts the Pilgrims on the deck of the ship Speedwell on July 22, 1620, before they departed from Delfs Haven, Holland, for North America, where they sought religious freedom.