Students at Margarita Middle School in Temecula, Calif. received an assignment to read a nonfiction book every night for 30 minutes. At the end of that month, students were required to bring their book of choice to class. One student brought a Bible, and according to an October 13 article on Opposing Views the teacher initially did not accept the student's assignment.
"The teacher said, ‘That’s not a nonfiction book,’ [The student] said, ‘Well, honestly, I believe it is a nonfiction book. The teacher then said in a sharp tone, ‘Well, I’ll get back to you.’” -- attorney Bob Tyler of Advocates for Faith and Freedom via Christian News Network
According to Tyler, the unidentified teacher went to the front of the class and asked the students "How many of you think the Bible is nonfiction?" To his surprise all the students but two raised their hands. The teacher went on to give the student credit for the assignment, however, the incident bothered the boy's parents and they contacted Advocates for Faith and Freedom.
Advocates for Faith and Freedom point to this incident as another example of the continuing hostility toward Christianity in our schools and even went so far as to say, "This child was put in a situation he should never have been put in, where basically, he was intimidated by a bully. There’s all this conversation about bullies, and this is a circumstance where the real bully is a school teacher.” Tyler plans to send a letter to the school warning about their supposed bullying against Christians.
"This is an example of the growing hostility towards Christianity that is being displayed in our public classrooms, and we believe we must take a stand! We believe that the actions of this teacher violate the Establishment Clause, which requires the State to remain neutral on issues of religion," attorney Bob Tyler of Advocates for Faith and Freedom via Faith On Trial Radio