After the schools in Orange County, Florida allowed a Christian group to come in and distribute copies of the New Testament to students in 11 schools, a secular group in that state is planning their own distribution of books to show why this is wrong:
A day after a Christian group distributed bibles to students inside 11 Orange County high schools, a group of atheists and secular humanists said they plan to hand out materials as well.
“We don’t want only some groups to have their say,” said David Williamson, organizer of the Central Florida Freethought Community. He said he would prefer to see the school district modify its policies to ban all such handouts. But until then, “we want to be on a level playing field.”
Muslim and Jewish leaders said they had no plans to distribute their own religious books.
“It is proselytizing. It has no place in public schools,” said Rabbi Rick Sherwin of Congregation Beth Am in Longwood.
Rabbi Steven Engel of Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orange County, said he was “deeply disturbed” that the New Testament was given out in schools. “This is absolutely wrong. It violates the separation of church and state very clearly.” He said allowing the distribution on campus makes it appear government is endorsing a particular religious viewpoint.
And the way to combat this is to demand a truly open forum. In most cases, the school will quickly back down and end the entire program once Christians no longer have exclusive access to it.