A public school in North Carolina stirred controversy after it removed Bible verses printed on the back of student planners that a local Baptist church paid thousands of dollars to have printed to give out to students for the 2020-’21 school year.
The school district said it had no choice but to remove the verses because of the “separation between church and state.”
Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Hiddenite spent more than $2,000 printing planners for students at East Alexander Middle School. Originally, the planners featured two Bible verses on the lower part of the back covers.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Sulphur Springs Baptist Associate Pastor of Youth and Children James Safrit explained that he decided to print the planners after speaking with EAMS Principal Kristie Love earlier this summer.
Safrit said he always contacts the school, which is located near his church, at the beginning of the year to “ask them if there’s anything that we can do to help them.”
“I called the middle school, talked to the principal, and she had a couple of requests … for the school,” he said. She requested “flash drives for every student to transport work back and forth” as well as the planners.
Regarding the planners, Safrit maintained that Love told him that “we could do whatever we wanted because we were providing them.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Ryan Foley