Colorado Springs- Students from all 50 states are expected to participate in the second-ever "Bring Your Bible to School Day" on Thursday, Oct. 8. The event, sponsored by Focus on the Family, empowers students to take their Bibles to school as a visual way to celebrate religious freedom and share God’s hope with friends.
Students have a right to bring their Bibles to school. Yet some report feeling pressured to hide their faith by school teachers and administrators due in part to the cultural censorship of faith that exists in public education from kindergarten to college.
Other educators may not be aware that students have a constitutionally protected right to bring their Bibles to school. For example, 14-year-old Brytney was emboldened to participate in last year’s inaugural event after reading Focus’ materials explaining students’ rights. When a teacher told her she wasn’t allowed to have her Bible at school, Brytney shared some of Focus’ information with him and was allowed to keep her Bible out. (Watch Brytney tell her story.)
"We hear from many students who want to be open about their faith and exercise their religious freedoms at school, but don’t know they are allowed to," said Focus on the Family Education Analyst Candi Cushman. "When we let them know they don’t have to hide their beliefs, they feel empowered to do what’s always been on their hearts: to bring their Bibles to school and use their free time to publicly live out their faith. That’s why this event strikes a chord. Last year about 8,000 students participated and this year we expect that number to grow exponentially."
Influential support for "Bring Your Bible to School Day"
Award-winning Christian band Newsboys is joining forces with Bring Your Bible to School Day. The band will debut its newest video on the personal blog of Focus on the Family President Jim Daly on Wednesday, Sept. 23 to help promote the event. The song will also be featured in next year’s movie "God’s Not Dead 2."
"We’re thrilled to be able to help spread the news about this event to students and their families." said Newsboys lead singer Michael Tait. "Students’ freedom to express their faith at school is an issue that’s really close to our hearts. Our newest song, ‘Guilty,’ deals directly with the topic. That’s also why we’re supporting the thousands of students participating in ‘Bring Your Bible to School Day.’"
Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez is also supporting Bring Your Bible to School Day. Rodriguez represents millions of Evangelical U.S. Hispanics through the group he leads, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
"’Bring Your Bible to School Day’ is a wonderful celebration of faith and freedom, and a tremendous opportunity for young people to share the transforming power of Christ’s love," Rodriguez said.
Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, a longtime advocate of religious freedom in public schools, is also partnering with Focus on the Family and will offer students free legal representation in the event their rights are violated.
Participating is easy
Students can sign up to participate in "Bring Your Bible to School Day" online. Free, downloadable guides for students and pastors/parents are also available online at www.focusonthefamily.com/bringyourbible.
Students can follow "Bring Your Bible to School Day" on Facebook and Twitter and find more information atwww.bringyourbible.org. The official hashtag is #BringYourBible.
To learn more about "Bring Your Bible to School Day," or to coordinate an interview with Candi Cushman, please contact Allison Meggers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-266-7557.