Missouri School's Bible-distribution Policy Is Unconstitutional, Says Americans United

Church-State Watchdog Group Urges Federal Appeals Court To Strike Down Policy At Annapolis Public School

A federal appeals court should order a public school district in Missouri to stop permitting Bible distribution in its elementary schools, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed this week, Americans United attorneys argue that the South Iron R-1 School District in Annapolis, Mo., violated the separation of church and state by allowing members of the Gideons International to distribute Bibles to fifth-grade students during instructional time at which attendance was mandatory.