The purpose of Our Conscience weblog is to facilitate a greater discussion and understanding of church and state separation in our community and in others. Underlying this is the value that each individual should be allowed to follow the dictates of his or her own conscience without influence, coercion, or direction from the State when it comes to matters of religion.

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Joplin Globe: Neosho schools pull Bible off reading list

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School board to decide if Bible will be included in reading program

Dena Sloan
Globe Staff Writer

NEOSHO, Mo. - Neosho school officials say they're trying to err on the side of caution. Two parents say it's a matter of free speech and equal access.

Now it's up to the Neosho Board of Education to decide whether to include the Bible in a reading program used by many of the district's students.

Mary Alice and Chuck Nelson voiced their concerns Monday night, telling the School Board that material they donated to the district was not made unavailable to students because it tests them on most of the books of the Old and New Testaments.

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